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The Lab Activity

In the high school science classes today, we did an oil spill clean-up simulation lab. I had first done this lab with my GK-12 fellow Chris Wilson in the 2008 school year. I had forgotten how effective it was until today. The students here really got into it as they did in Port Aransas years ago. We "polluted" fresh water with vegetable oil and offered a variety of materials to remove the oil with the goal of reclaiming the original volume of water, unpolluted. We offered sponges, cotton balls, gauze and doggy pads as absorbents and craft sticks, pipe cleaners and nylon yarn as containment booms. We offered dish washing liquid as a dispersant. Overall we had VERY good results. The students were into it; they were focused and thinking! : ) Thanks for listening, jill Transportation : ) Bikes and 4 wheelers.Transportation : ) Bikes and 4 wheelers. The beginning of the lab. Jonas, Bun, Mrs. Sobey, Austin.The beginning of the lab. Jonas, Bun, Mrs. Sobey, Austin. Austin and Jonas tried gauze.Austin and Jonas tried gauze. Chelsea and Bun tried cotton balls.Chelsea and Bun tried cotton balls. Austin and Jonas tried dispersant.Austin and Jonas tried dispersant. The girls design absorbs oil.The girls design absorbs oil. The girls design releases oil.The girls design releases oil. Satisfied oil spill cleaners!Satisfied oil spill cleaners! Lucy and Madeline measure their pollutant; vegetable oil!Lucy and Madeline measure their pollutant; vegetable oil! Archie and Nathaniel brainstorm with Mrs. SobeyArchie and Nathaniel brainstorm with Mrs. Sobey These guys are focused!These guys are focused! Archie and Nathaniel came up with many designs to clean the oily water.Archie and Nathaniel came up with many designs to clean the oily water. Miss Flora, Lucy, Collin and Madeline check out the progress.Miss Flora, Lucy, Collin and Madeline check out the progress. Ms. Fisher joins us to check it out.Ms. Fisher joins us to check it out.

The Bears

Last night, Tara, Carrie and I went down to the bonepile to investigate rumors of bear in the neighborhood. The rumors were true. We saw a large bear on the bonepile. He came off of the pile and moved just north and seemed to have found something interesting (maybe to eat) in the sand there. We watched him from afar in the truck for 15 minutes or so. Another bear came up onto the island from the water on the west side. As he approached, the first bear retreated. It was interesting to watch. The original bear began to move pretty quickly along a spit of land actually toward town. We decided at that point that it was a good time to return to the bunkhouse. These bears are of the first bear. These first two photos were taken with the camera zoomed in very much.These first two photos were taken with the camera zoomed in very much. " class= These photos were taken with the camera through binoculars!These photos were taken with the camera through binoculars! " class= " class=