There’s Oil in My Eggs

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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


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


  • 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


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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