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Ocean in a Bottle


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    Lawrence Hall of Science

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Ocean in a Bottle

In this simulation activity, learners observe what can happen when ocean waves churn up water and oil from an oil spill. Learners fill a large bottle with water, blue coloring and hair conditioner (representing an oil spill), then rock the bottle to create movement of the solution that resembles ocean waves.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Large, clear plastic bottle with a tight-fitting lid
  • Funnel
  • Measuring cup
  • Blue food coloring
  • Hair conditioner
  • Water

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Solutions
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Communicating Results

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • All Rights Reserved, The Regents of the University of California, ©2007

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