Oaklawn students engage in oily experiment, Houma Today, September 24, 2010:
Gary Ott, science support coordinator with NOAA, demonstrated the basic science behind the oil spill and its cleanup for [Houma, Louisiana middle school] students using an aquarium filled with water as the Gulf of Mexico and cooking oil mixed with Hershey's cocoa powder to represent BP's spilled oil.
But Ott assured them [the seafood] was safe, and set out to explain why. Ott said the presentation was aimed at dispelling fear and rumors about the BP oil spill... Other presentations at local schools are planned.
“Because of fear, the wonderful people here have a lot of anxieties about the oil spill... So if I think that oil floats on water, through science, I should do an experiment to see exactly what happens.”... [As] students watched the oil globs rocket to the top and stay there in a slick. “Oil floats. See, we've tested it,” Ott said.
Sam Williams, [student, said]... “[N]ow I don't have to be afraid to eat seafood.”... [The] principal of Oaklawn Elementary School, said students are hearing about the spill from their families and “are part of the worry.”