Video: Stem Unplugged

Testing Methods to Clean an Oil Spill

  • STEM
  • Science (Physical)


Have you learned about oil spills and wonder how exactly scientists clean up a mess of that scale and size? In this episode of STEM Unplugged, students will explore the science behind an oil spill and perform household experiments to understand the various solutions to this real-world environmental hazard.


  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Vegetable oil
  • Large baking pan
  • 3 bowls
  • Measuring spoons
  • Stirring stick
  • Cocoa powder
  • Spoons
  • Dish soap
  • Cotton
  • Feathers