Welcome to the Oil Spill Lab Home Page.
Photo Highlights from Thursday, May 19th, 2011.
Drilling for Oil (reading for information article)
Prior to the visit to Watertown High School, students should answer the following questions based on the information contained in the article. Click here to access the questions.
Before completing this lab, students must view the following short safety video entitled, AGHS Lab Safety Rap. Please also view the "In Da Lab - Chemistry Rap - Official Music Video." What are the common laboratory safety concerns?
Students are also encouraged to view the Ripple Effects of an Oil Spill.
Students in 8th Grade at Swift Middle School will attending WHS on Thursday, May 19th to conduct the Oil Spill Lab. Working in teams three, students will design and implement a procedure to contain an oil spill and then separate the oil from the water sample.
They will complete a lab report and it will be scored by the following laboratory report rubric.
To help students complete their lab report, each student will use the following oil spill lab report template.
Timeline of Events for the day.
Oil Spill Quick Intro (3 slide Power Point).
-Students will have read the Oil Spill article and did the RFI questions prior to their visit.
-Students will arrive around 10am and will stay with us until about 1:10pm.
-Students will be wearing name tags with the room they should be in on it (or teacher name).
-Teachers will do the lab in their own room (Rhoda room 208).
-Each teacher will have 3 student helpers (one per lab table).
-We will intro the lab and have them choose the materials and design the containment and removal procedures.
-One student in the group will be responsible for writing down the materials and procedures so we can look it over during lunch.
-Students will go to lunch at 11:07am and return 11:40am
-Teachers will review the procedures of each group and make comments on it as necessary.
-From 11:40 to 12:20pm, students will implement their procedures. Plan for 20 mins for containment and 20 mins for removal
-The student helpers will perform the clean up, not the 8th graders.
-Collection of class data via table projected on the board will occur around 12:25pm.
-After collection of class data, a discussion of data analysis and conclusion should take place followed by the write-up of the lab questions. Hopefully the lab write-up will be completed before 1:10pm. If not, they will need to take it with them and finish it with the understanding that we will get them back for grading.
-This is the list of the materials we will be using:
-Rubber Bands -String -Straws -Popsicle sticks -Plastic wrap
-Basters -Sponges -Feathers -Grass -Paper towels
Mixture of Oil and Water (Simulated Oil Spill)
Final Disposal of student waste oil in Kitty Litter.