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Student Environmentalists Clean Up Crude

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Sixth grade students in Corithia Kiser’s classes at Scott County Middle School first completed a Social Studies unit about the oil dependency of the United States. 
 
Recently they studied the harmful effects of oil spills and ways to clean up and prevent destruction of the environment from crude oil. 
 
To simulate an oil spill, SCMS students saturated bird feathers with motor oil and attempted methods to remove the oil and save wildlife.  They were also asked to bring in items that might be used to soak up oil from the ocean, the most diverse of which was camel air.  During their experimentation, they found camel air and various other items will float and soak up the oil but they must also consider a plan to safely dispose of whatever means used to clean the oil spill.
 
“This is important because of the big oil spills you hear about on the news.  Millions of animals and plants were destroyed when they got covered in oil.  No animal, human or plant could live in crude oil!  It is horrible!  I’m really glad that the dish soap, Dawn is donating $1 for every bottle sold to help with the oil spill.  This is important to learn about.”  A Scott County Middle school student commented on this valuable experience.




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