In this task, students are asked to consider how magnets could be helpful in cleaning up oil spills. Throughout the task, students use their understanding of magnetic forces, experimental design, and asking questions to probe the research questions and ideas being posed. This task is intended to be used as a classroom-embedded performance assessment, independent of any particular curriculum or instructional materials. The publicly available task was developed as part of the Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) and can be found here.
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