In this simulation, learners try to clean up an "oil spill" with different items to understand the challenge scientists face in finding the best materials to clean up large oil spills in nature. Learners test cotton balls, dryer lint, sand, and grass to find out which absorbs the most oil. Then, learners submit their findings and comments online. The web page includes a video interview with a NASA environmental engineer and a link to other resources and activities.
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