The students watched a presentation about the oil spill in the gulf, then tried to clean oil (made of cocoa powder mixed with vegetable oil) from a bowl of water and from bird feathers. The students learned the difficulties of cleaning the oil—one said, “it’s kind of oily and watery at the same time"—and gained some real-world perspective about an ongoing ecological crisis.
“I felt closer to it because we were doing experiments about it,” student Katherine Fischer said. “It was more important to me.”
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.