Wednesday, May 26, 2010

oil and water

Josie couldn't remember if oil mixed with water so we did the old oil and water experiment. We were talking about weather, and the water cycle, and how all water reaches the ocean. This somehow led to the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico so we decided to make some inferences for ourselves.
Not mixing.
They realized oil will float to the surface of water therefore the oil in the Gulf will eventually end up on the surface. We dipped our finger in it and yep we were coated in oil. The same thing that is happening to the creatures that surface for air, or land on the surface.

Josie tried with all her might to get it to mix but even after we addes salt (to be more like the ocean) and soap it wouldn't mix.
Emmy thought she could do it, but nope. We tried to figure out how to get the oil out of the water and they came up with, scrape it off, scoop it up with a cup (hmm the scope of the situation is obviously not comprehendable to 9, 6 and 3 year olds), first of all repair "the thing", (now there is a novel idea!).
Maybe "BP" should have taken part in such an experiment. They might have learned that oil and water don't mix too, and that if you're playing with something that has the potential to start throwing up oil causing a natural disaster a plan that could cease the bleeding might be a good thing to have in place before the game of monopoly turns into real life.

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