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A Slick Solution: Cleaning an Oil Spill

5th grade, EiE kit

Ms. K

on 8 September 2014

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Transcript of A Slick Solution: Cleaning an Oil Spill

Building Background

Public Awareness
How will you use your knowledge of living things to investigate environmental problems?
How might an oil spill and other human impacts affect an ecosystem and what are some materials, tools, and methods we can use to clean it?
How can we use what we've learned to help us design processes for the least impact on an ecosystem?
Your goal as Environmental Engineers is to educate the public
What do you know about ecosystems?
Give details about one habitat and the relationships between non-living and living organisms.
Identify several producers, consumers, and decomposers within that habitat and detail the role that each plays.
Explain a food web and how one species can impact the rest of the web.
Explain human impact on ecosystems.
How are humans impacting ecosystems?
Why are humans doing it?
As an Environmental Engineer, what solutions do you have for lessoning human impact on the environment? At what cost ($ or otherwise) would that have on human development and existence?
Work Experience
Leave the world better than you found it,
Take no more than you need,
Try not to harm life or the environment,
Make amends if you do.
~ Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce
Environmental Engineer
My role and impact as an
A Slick Solution:
Cleaning Up an Oil Spill

BP "Deep Water Horizon" Oil Spill
Quotes to Ponder
Guiding Questions
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Water Contamination
Solar Panels in the Mojave Desert
Gulf of Mexico
There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed. ~Mohandas K. Gandhi
Eventually we'll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves. ~ Jonas Salk , American physician and microbiologist, 1914-95
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. ~Chief Seattle, 1855
Modern technology
Owes ecology
An apology.
~Alan M. Eddison

Coal Mines
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Group 5
Food Chains & Food Webs
Oil Spill
Student Writing
Environmental Engineers At Work
Reflect about your experience as an Environmental Enginner
Introduction to Life Science.
What is it?
Why is it important?
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Your goal is to teach your classmates about the two main ecosystems: aquatic and terrestrial. You will research various websites and textbooks to help explain...
what an ecosystem is
examples of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems (with visuals)
roles of living and non-living things in an ecosystem
describe the natural cycles in an ecosystem: cabon dioxide-oxygen cycle, nitrogen cycle, and the water cycle *EXTENSION
other key vocabulary terms to include: habitat, niche, population, and community
Science textbook, Unit A, Chapter 4, Lesson 1, 4
pH Testing
Science textbook, Unit A, Chapter 4, Lessons 2&3
Your challenge is to teach your classmates about the energy flow through an ecosystem by explaining...
the roles of producers, consumers, scavengers, and decomposers in an ecosystem
identify ways that energy flows through an ecosystem (food chains and food webs)
You will also be creating a food web model and other teaching aides to help your classmates understand.
You are challenged with assisting Greentown's Mayor in figuring out why plants are dying and animals are getting sick in their community. You will be tasked with testing soil from various locations throughout the community and determine the cause. You will be comparing your findings with previous reports from environmental engineers. You will then present your report to your classmates and tell them what you learned about pH levels and the human impact on Greentown's plants and animals.
Your challenge is a BIG one. Pollution can be a controversial topic because at the core of the problem is human impact. At what cost do we continue to grow as a human race and progress as a species?
*Extension - pH test common household liquids such as: juice, vinegar, baking soda & water, dish detergent, etc.
You will research...
what pollution is
identify at least 5 different sources of pollution
identify the cost/benefit of the identified source ($, human growth, etc.)
possible solutions for reducing pollution relating to the 5 sources of pollution
create 3 pollution demos for your classmates
This picture respresents the tragic aftermath of an oil spill. Your challenge will be to test materials that help contain and remove the oil. You will rate each material according to a scale and report your findings to the class. You will also be preparing a model river demonstration for the class in which they will have to decide how to clean up the oil spill based upon your materials report.
As a result, your classmates will be able to understand the cost associated with cleaning up an oil spill.
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