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Students Learn about Oil, Water, and Impacts to Wildlife

APRIL 1, 2016--On March 29, LTJG Rachel Pryor coordinated with Open Window Middle School to host a sixth grade student field trip at NOAA's Western Regional Center in Seattle.

Using an aquarium and dark sesame oil, the students learned about oil behavior on water and natural dispersion. The students participated in a hands-on activity to learn how oil affects a feathers structure and the risks associated to impacted birds. Cleanup techniques were discussed and the students were introduced to booming techniques, pom-poms, and absorbent materials.

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Woman working with group of students.
LTJG Rachel Pryor leads students through an exercise on oil and water. (NOAA)