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Blowin’ Up a Storm of Oil


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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Blowin’ Up a Storm of Oil

In this activity, learners investigate how wind can create surface currents and how waves move. Learners also discover how wind can affect oil spills.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 1 shallow baking pan
  • 1 sheet of dark construction paper
  • hole-punch
  • 1 large, deep pan
  • 2-speed electric fan
  • 1 drinking straw
  • 1 piece of tissue paper
  • tape
  • water
  • ruler
  • science journal

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • NASA Center for Distance Learning, Office of Education at NASA’s Langley Research Center

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, ©2004

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