Add a small amount of beautiful red oil to a jar of water and figure out a way to remove the layer of oil, now floating on the surface. This amazing science kit includes a patented oil polymer and enough Marvel Mystery Oil (similar in chemical composition to crude oil) to repeat the science demonstration a dozen times. Also included is a science activity guide with information on oil polymer chemistry, lots of ideas for demonstrations and a follow-up inquiry-based science activities. Great for science fair experiments! Recommended for children ages 8 and up.
Oil Spill Absorbing Polymer Kit
- Marvel Mystery Oil (473 mL)
- Oil Absorbing Polymer (150 g)
- Activity Guide
Oil Spill Absorbing Polymer Refill
- Oil Absorbing Polymer (150 g)
How Does It Work?
Sprinkle a small amount of this polymer onto the layer of oil and in seconds the polymer bonds to the oil, forming a sponge-like material that can be easily removed from the jar of water. This polymer is specially formulated to bond quickly and safely to many types of liquid hydrocarbons including crude oil, diesel fuel and gasoline. The bonding is so complete that it literally encapsulates the liquid hydrocarbons in just seconds. Here's an incredible solution to future oil spill disasters.
What Does It Teach?
Discover how this superabsorbent polymer works and how it is being used in its industrial form to mop up oil spills. Learn about solutions that have been developed to lessen the effect of environmental disasters on animal and human life.
- Great demo to teach students about oil spills Review by ProfW
Had 4th and 5th grade students in groups of 3 do this demo. They liked how the oil separated, but did smell it quite a bit. We had the students add the pre-measured polymer (1:1 ratio) from a baggie, then scoop it into a plastic bowl with a spoon. The patty hardened (got rubbery) with time, and the kids really liked it. We used 2 TBSP per group, and got about 17-18 demos out of the kit. The only reason for 4 starts instead of 5 is that it is messy with oil and the polymer flakes. (Posted on 5/22/13)
- Works as Described Review by Cynthia
Thanks. This worked very well in my science camp. I feel that I can rely on your products. (Posted on 5/6/13)
- Polymer kit Review by Leti
It a great Ideam, My 5th grader used it in her science project, about oil spills. She took 2nd place in her science fair at school. You just have to get the measurements exact, To get that Thick Polymer Patty (we called it,Lol) after you extract it from the water. The kids loved the feel of it. (Posted on 4/21/13)
- Good Stuff! Review by Kid
This stuff was fun. Worked well. (Posted on 3/5/13)
- Great science project Review by Karen
This is the second year we go to Steve Spangler website for my son's science projects. Last year the polymer cubes and marbles where a hit and we learned so much from polymers. This year we decided to learn even more about polymers and we got the clean up oil spill kit. My son, 9 years old loved this project and we truly learned so much from it.
(Posted on 2/25/13)
- AWESOME! Review by Mr Funch
I'm an education major at Chestnut Hill College and am using this kit to teach a lesson regarding the Gulf oil spill. What a fabulous kit! It works under various conditions, with both hot and cold water. Depending on the ratio of oil to polymer yeilds a slightly different result. Thanks guys! (Posted on 1/26/13)
- Phenomenal! Review by Reginald Montgomery
This is a phenomenal product and kit. The activity guide is top notch and explains that use of the product extremely well. It's a shame (from what Steve said in the video) that this isn't a possibility in the Gulf of Mexico. (Posted on 12/9/12)
- Awesome !! Review by Mrs. Mojica & Ms. Manrique
Our students loved this activity, Thank you! (Posted on 10/29/12)
- Great item. Review by Angela
We used this at a day camp. It works very well. I wish we could have purchased it in larger quantities at a discount however. It is also best to use a cup and not a zipper bag. (Posted on 10/10/12)
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How many times can I do the demonstration with the materials provided in the kit?
The kit includes enough materials to perform the demonstration a dozen times.