Grade 5 Science Experiment 5 - "How does Oil Pollution Affect Animals?"
The purpose of this science fair project is to simulate an oil spill and to test its effects on animals. It is an unfortunate fact that oil spills have occurred in the past and will likely occur again in the future. Scientists and volunteers work together to clean the oil from the animals. What types of substances do they use to clean the animals? Are these substances safe and effective? Which is easier to clean, fur or feathers?
Note: Adult supervision is required.
Animal fur better repels oil pollution then feathers thus enabling furry animals to have a higher survival rate during an oil spill then birds.
- Type of animal coat: fur, chamois, and feathers
- Type of cleaner: liquid/powdered dishwashing detergent and powdered laundry detergent
- Three light-colored feathers
- Six bowls
- Graduate cylinder
- Masking Tape
- Used motor oil
- Liquid dishwashing detergent
- Powdered dishwashing detergent
- Powdered laundry detergent
- Chamois cloth that is cut into three 2 x 2 inch squares
- Light-colored rabbit fur that is cut into three 2 x 2 inch squares
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