Try Dr Joanna Rhodes’ inspiring chemistry activities designed to increase students’ understanding of one of our planet’s most fascinating resources…
This lesson and supporting activities are dedicated to a type of substance that drives the world economy as well as being able to help you get to sleep when you have a cold. It is, of course, oil.
In its many varied forms from crude oil to fuels and vegetable oil to essential oils and perfume, this variously viscous substance provides a fascinating and multifarious topic with huge potential to thrill and excite students and with many opportunities for practical work.
Cross-curricular links exist with geography, politics and economics and health and beauty. There are also opportunities for social, moral, spiritual and cultural content to be explored, including awareness of the unique position of oil in world conflict, pollution, recycling and deforestation.
Learn about crude oil and its uses
Find out about the extraction and uses of vegetable oils, plant oils, fragrances and cooking
Design and their own perfume
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