CCED 2014 - Resources

A compendium of websites and other resources related to the CCED theme sorted by topic with annotations.

Key to Grade Levels

E = Elementary (K-5)

I = Intermediate (6-8)

HS = High School (9-12)

C = College

G = General Public


Oil Spills

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Resources for Teacher and Students March 2009

Grade Level: I, HS, C, G

This is a bibliography of books, videos and DVDs, websites and articles on the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill written for teachers and contains materials for students of all ages. 

Provided by:  Alaska Resources Library & Information Services

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: FAQs, Links and Unique Resources at ARLIS June 2010

Grade Level: I, HS, C, G

This resource compiles questions, answers, and resources where the topics can be further investigated.

Compiled by: Carrie Holba (EVOSTC Librarian) Alaska Resources Library & Information Services

NOAA Education Resources: Gulf Oil Spill

Grade Level: I, HS, C, G

Teacher’s Guide, Activity Station Resources, Fact Sheets

Provided by:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


National Geographic Education: Oil Spills

Grade Level: E, I, HS

Activities and videos for all ages surrounding 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Provided by:  National Geographic

The Science of the Deep Horizon Oil Spill

Grade Level: HS, C, G

Videos, activities, and related resources covering Deep Oil: The Technology, Risks, and Benefits of OffShore Oil Drilling. 

Provided by:  American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) ScienceNetLinks and Thinkfinity Verizon Foundation


Polar/Non-Polar Substances

Polarity and Solubility:  Breaking Bonds of Packing Peanuts

Grade Level: HS, C, G

This is an experimental procedure (excerpted from The Science Teacher’s Activity-A-Day, 2010) using Styrofoam and cornstarch packing peanuts to demonstrate polarity with readily available materials.

Provided by:  Pam Walker and Elaine Wood, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Education.com

Hydrophobic vs Hydrophillic, Polar vs Non-polar

Grade Level: HS, C, G

A video synopsis of a recent paper published in the Journal of Chemical Education.

Provided by:  Journal of Chemical Education


Surface Tension/Cohesion/Adhesion

Fundamentals of Surface Tension/Wettability

Grade Level: HS, C, G

Collected demonstrations, experiments, and videos, which highlight surface tension in every day life.  Geared towards educators. 

Provided by:  Abhinandan Agrawal, MIT HML Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics Research Group, NSF Nanotechnology and Interdisciplinary Research Initiative

Surface Tension

Grade Level: I, HS, C, G

Video demonstration of surface tension.

Provided by:  MIT TechTV, MIT Video

Martin Waugh’s Liquid Sculpture – Water Drop Art

Grade Level: G

Martin Waugh combines art and science to capture nature’s infinite beauty. Martin’s creative uses of high-speed photography make it possible to capture the smooth and effortless curves of liquid.

Provided by: Martin Waugh


Surfactants /Detergents

Chemistry in your cupboard!

Grade Level: HS, C, G

Self paced tutorial which walks through the chemistry occurring in the dishwasher.

Provided by:  Royal Society of Chemistry and Reckitt Benckiser


General Reference

PBS LearningMedia

Grade Level: E, I, HS, C, G

PBS LearningMedia™ collects classroom ready digital resources from a variety of sources including PBS stations, NASA, and more.

Topics include:

  • Surface tension
  • Oil spills

Free registration is required to fully access the site.

Provided by: PBS

The National Science Digital Library

Grade Level: E, I, HS, C, G

The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) gathers online educational resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Topics include:

  • Polar substances
  • Surface tension
  • Adhesion/cohesion and surfactants
  • Oil spills 

Provided by: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Community Programs and National Science Foundation (NSF)

TeachEngineering

Grade Level: E, I, HS, G

Funded by the National Science Foundation, TeachEngineering is a searchable standards-based database of K-12 curricula for use by science teachers.

Topics include:

  • Surface tension
  • Oil spills
  • Surfactants

Provided by: TeachEngineering, National Digital Science Library & National Science Foundation


Water Science for Schools

Grade Level: E, I, HS, C, G (English and Spanish)

Also See: Water Properties and Measurements

Offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you share ideas and test your water knowledge.

Topics include:

  • Surface tension
  • Adhesion/cohesion
  • Water as the universal solvent

Provided by: U.S. Geological Survey