On the information level, this experiment serves to acquaint students with the current work in the field of polymer chemistry and some of the practical applications which have been developed in cleaning up our environment. A major step has been in the development of polymers which serve to remove crude oil and other varieties of oils, efficiently and effectively from waters contaminated by oil spills, thereby restoring our environment and safeguarding our wildlife.
On the level of experimenting, this science fair experiment also serves to acquaint students with the essential processes of sciencing such as the importance of the use of a control, of identifying dependent and independent variables, of data collection, of pictorial and graphic presentation of data and of being able to make better judgments as to the validity and reliability of their findings. They take on the role of scientists and in the process they learn to act as one.
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