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There’s Oil in My Eggs


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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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There’s Oil in My Eggs

In this activity, learners investigate the impact of oil pollution on the environment and wildlife. Learners use hard-boiled eggs and feathers to understand the damage that oil spills can cause. Learners are also challenged to develop a technique for cleaning oil from feathers.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 5 hard-boiled eggs
  • 480-mL used motor oil
  • bird feathers (available from a pet store or craft store)
  • piece of fake fur material
  • magnifying lens
  • soap
  • clean water
  • large bowl
  • disposable plastic gloves
  • paper towels
  • science journal
  • clock or timer

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and the Environment
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • 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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