Environmental Engineering: Oil Spill Cleanup


Put your environmental engineering hat on as we clean up oil spills.

This is a lab booklet that is prepared for students to use as they learn about oil spills and oil clean up, discover new vocabulary, and have short and long term projects to work on. In the oil clean up challenge students will test how different materials soak up oil, as well as build oil booms to contain an environmental disaster.

Students have space for brainstorming solutions, keep track of supplies they use, and a formula to gauge the success of their contraption.

PDF format is easy to use. Documents that print half sheet or print on a letter duplexed to be able to fold into a student booklet. The download comes with a key that has interesting information and things to help students think about the problem, as well as a lesson plan to make sure you as a teacher are prepared!

Additional information


Environment, General Science, Engineering

Grade Levels

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

NGSS Standards

4-ESS3-1, 4-ESS3-2, MS-ESS3-3, 5-ESS3-1, 3-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-2

File Type

Compressed zip file with PDFs

Activity Duration

90-120 minutes

What's Included

Lab book in half sheet (8.5×5.5 in) format to print and staple for students
Lab book in booklet (8.5×11 in) format to print and fold into a book for students
Lab book key – with notes on what I've learned while running the labs
Lesson plan prep – to make sure you're prepared to run the unit


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