- Network, Share, Collaborate
- Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs
- Northwest Biofuels Association Holds Community College Biodiesel Training for Diesel Mechanics in the Northwest.
- Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers
- National Council for Science and the Environment
- ExploraVision Science Competition K-12
- Biodiesel Lessons and Labs
- University of Idaho 4H Biodiesel Teaching Materials
- Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest Educational Materials
- Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
- Ohio 4H
- Indiana Biofuels Mobile Learning Center
- Nuffield Council on Ethics Teaching Materials
- Ohio Soybean Council
- SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry
- SciFusion Wiki
- SunGrant BioWeb
- BBRSC UK Practical Biofuel Activities
- Using Biochar as a Soil Amendment
- American Farm Bureau Foundation Classroom Resources
- Green Ambassadors: Laguna High School Students Research Biofuels
- Lincoln High Students Fuel Biodiesel Effort
- Graduate Students and American Indian Tribes Work for Biofuel Solutions
- Sears Tower Or Bust: My Algae-Powered Car Adventure
- Coast-to-Coast Biodiesel Pickup Project
- Video about biofuels, biodiesel, ethanol
The Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs (BBEP) (formerly Northeast Bioenergy & Bioproducts (NBB) Programs)Based at Cornell University, Bioenergy & Bioproducts Education Programs provide professional development and hands-on teaching tools for educators (grades 6 - 16 in service and pre-service teachers and extension educators) who want to learn and teach about the Bioenergy and Bioproducts systems currently in use and under development in the United States. Through the collaborative efforts and expertise of six institutions of research and higher learning, this program aims to inspire today's students to pursue careers in math and science by aligning concern for the natural environment with the emerging bioenergy and bioproducts industries. READ MORE
Northwest Biofuels Association Holds Community College Biodiesel Training for Diesel Mechanics in the Northwest.On June 13, 2008, over 50 mechanics at Bates Technical College learned about biodiesel - from basics to detailed technical information related to specific diesel engine manufacturers. "We found the training to be very educational and opened our eyes to using alternative fuels," said Ray Shjerven, Diesel Engine Instructor. To learn more about biodiesel training for mechanics or to assist in coordinating one in your area, contact Nikola Davidson at 206.389.8660 or email@example.com. READ MORE
Smithsonian Science Education Academies for TeachersAs part of the world’s premier museum and research complex, the NSRC can provide special access for teachers to the scientists, curators, and educators at the Institution. Most Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers sessions will be held at the museums and research centers of the Smithsonian and other museums and laboratories in or near Washington, D.C.
Each academy includes:
- Hotel accommodations* for Sunday through Thursday nights;
- A Sunday evening reception and Academy orientation;
- Daily breakfast and lunch (Monday through Friday);
- Special Thursday night celebration dinner or event;
- Transport to and from the daily events (when appropriate); and
- All materials and tuition.
*One additional person—spouse, friend, child—may stay in the participant’s room at a small additional cost. Academies do not include:
- Travel to and from the hotel from your point of arrival in Washington;
- Parking fees;
- Evening meals Sunday through Wednesday; or
- Fees associated with university credits
Optional graduate credit is available for an additional fee. More information to come. READ MORE
National Council for Science and the EnvironmentNCSE has established a range of programs to increase the number, quality and diversity of people capable of bringing science to bear on the critical environmental challenges facing our society. These include the:
- EnvironMentors Program which prepares underserved high school students for college degress and careers in environmental and related sciences through one-to-one mentoring. It includes 10 university-based chapters across the United States.
- University Affiliate Program works to strengthen academic environmental programs at over 150 member colleges and universities nationwide, and presents a unified voice in promoting federal funding for environmental research and education.
- Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD) brings together academic leaders to improve the quality and effectiveness of interdisciplinary environmental programs across the nation’s campuses.
- Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among academic energy leaders and advances education, research and communication to ensure a sustainable energy future.
- Campus to Careers (C2C) Program supports young professionals in the transition to environmental careers through paid internships and fellowships with government agencies, buisnesses and non-profit organizations.
- Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation and E-Learning CAMEL's intent is to improve undergraduate education on climate change causes, consequences, and solutions. It will do so by engaging a community of faculty members and students in developing an extensive, vetted online collection of high quality educational materials about the adaptation and mitigation of climate change and the science at its foundation. The project will help prepare faculty to teach about climate science and solutions; developing a cyber-infrastructure built upon NCSE’s Encyclopedia of Earth (http://www.eoearth.org/) which provides public access to continually expanding and improving scientific resources. READ MORE
- National Science Standards
- Objectives and Essential Questions
- Background information
- Student procedures
- Student data sheets
- Hints for the instructor" READ MORE
University of Idaho 4-HThe University of Idaho’s Biodiesel Education Program has released curriculum designed to help students between the ages of eight and 12 understand the concepts of energy and renewable energy. While the free seven-lesson program was written for 4-H clubs, the Biodiesel Education Program stresses it is also appropriate for use by elementary school teachers. The curriculum features several hand-on activities, including a matching game, a fossil fuels timeline and a renewable energy model. Other components of the program include an energy tour and viscosity wands. The program includes two parts, a student workbook and an instructor’s manual. The student workbook contains lessons titled “What is Energy,” “Liquid Fuels as Energy Sources,” “Fossil Fuels,” “Renewable Energy,” “Vegetable Oil and Animal Fat as Sources of Energy,” “How is Biodiesel Made and Used,” and “Scientists and Engineers.” READ MORE and MORE
Biofuels for SchoolsTogether they (biofuels and schools) offer students the perfect environment to discover science, learn about energy conservation, and teach essential job training skills. When students learn core concepts using biofuels, everyone benefits! The mission is to encourage Kentucky high schools to teach, produce, and use biofuels within their schools and community. The goals are:
- Increase awareness and knowledge of biodiesel in the classroom and community.
- Encourage teaching, production, and use of biodiesel through a multi disciplinary approach.
- Increase awareness and knowledge of pollution prevention and resource conservation principles through biodiesel curriculum.
- Encourage participation in partner programs through the teaching and use of biodiesel in schools.
- Providing resources and services to schools that enable long term policies and planning for expanded use of biodiesel and financing of biodiesel projects. READ MORE
Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest Educational MaterialsProviding pathways for education and future bioenergy careers is an important aspect of the AHB project. We realize that the work you do with youth helps shape their outlook, actions, and possible career choices. Knowing about viable energy alternatives now and for the future empowers youth to examine their current understanding and discover what tomorrow holds. Educator Resources AHB provides informative activities for elementary, middle, and high school students to learn how bioenergy and bioproducts can play an important part in their world. Chemistry, engineering, and biology are brought together to develop student’s understanding of sustainable energy options and spur their interest in renewable energy careers. Middle School Activities Students will explore how to grow poplar for bioenergy, measure carbon storage, compare different biofuels to fossil fuels, and measure their carbon footprints. These activities use Next Generation Science Standards. The activities range in time from 30 to 50 minutes. Some of them will require more than one class period. Growing Bioenergy
- Sustainable Communities, You Be the Judge
- Properties of Soil
- Exploring Ethanol Activity
- Growing Bioenergy Activity
- Roots and Shoots Activity
- Polymer Synthesis: Bouncy Balls
- Biofuel Trailer Design Activity & Worksheet
- Generations of Biofuels
- Generations of Biofuels Worksheet
- Generations of Biofuels Flashcards
- Polymer Chemistry and Biofuels Activity
High School Activities
- Polymer Synthesis: Bouncy Balls
- Fermentaion in a Bag Activity
- Corn Math
- Burn a Nut Activity
- Biofuel Trailer Design Activity & Worksheet
- Generations of Biofuels
- Generations of Biofuels Worksheet
- Generations of Biofuels Flashcards
- Enzymes and Bioenergy Activity
Ethanol Lessons and LabsEthanol-Blended Fuels: This curriculum on ethanol and its use as a fuel was developed by the Clean Fuels Development Coalition in cooperation with the Nebraska Ethanol Board. This material was developed in response to the need for instructional materials on ethanol and its effects on vehicle performance, the environment, and the economy. A Life-Cycle Assessment of Biofuels: Tracing Energy and Carbon Through a Fuel-Production System A life-cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool used by engineers to make measurements of net energy, greenhouse gas production, water consumption, and other items of concern. This article describes an activity designed to walk students through the qualitative part of an LCA. It asks them to consider the life-cycle costs of ethanol production, in terms of both energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. In the process, they trace matter and energy through a complex fuel-production system. This sample chapter also includes the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Index. By Sara Krauskopf. READ MORE WATCH VIDEO READ MORE
Fermentation In A Bag Activity
Fermentation Challenge: Making Ethanol from Cellulose
Bioprospecting for Cellulose-Degrading Microbes Description
Life Cycle Assessment of Biofuels 101 Description
Quantitative Modeling of Biofuels Life Cycles Description
Field Investigations: Biomass Yield and Carbon Cycling Description
Field Investigations: Bug Biodiversity and Ecosystem Benefits Description
Carbon Dioxide Production in Soil Microbial Communities Description
Root Depth Model
Poker Chip Model of Global Carbon Pools and Fluxes updated November 2014
Global Energy Flows ActivityDownloadable 11" x 17" PDF, Browser-Friendly HTML Version Part 2: Understanding Biomass: Plant Cell Walls. Explains plant cell-wallstructure and some issues preventing their efficient conversion to ethanol.Downloadable 11" x 17" PDF, Accompanying preamble PDF, Browser-Friendly HTML Version Quantitative Modeling of Biofuels Life Cycles. If you have used our LCA of Biofuels 101, this is a natural extension for the high school and undergraduate level. The activity allows students to compare the net energy life cycle of ethanol production for switchgrass, diverse prairie and corn stover, under different conditions. Using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, students model a range of scenarios, starting with data and assumptions provided in the package. This is a flexible model with many opportunities for modifications depending on the abilities and interests of the students. Root Depth Model. In this activity, raffia ribbon is used to create a visual representation of the differing root depths in biofuel crops and prairie plants. The wall hanging can be used to promote discussion about plants’ ability to sequester carbon and contribute to soil carbon. Bioenergy Institute for Educators For eight days, 12 teachers ranging from elementary to high school work directly with GLBRC researchers and learn more about biofuels. The goal of the program is to engage teachers with new tools and hands on participation. Telling the Biofuels Story to Students Understanding role of biofuels in meeting our energy needs and mitigating global climate change is a complex task. Telling stories is an effective way to help students make sense of science ideas and important societal issues. We created a "Biofuels Story" pictorial to help teachers introduce this story to students. This includes a wall version with pictures that can be posted and narrated on a classroom wall, as well as a supplemental online Prezi version of the story Human energy use and biofuels and their role in managing global climate change are urgent current socio-scientific issues facing our society. The Next Generation Science Standards recommend that students learn about these about issues. However, the story is complex and students will need multiple opportunities to work through it. The materials provided here provide a way to launch a study of biofuels. We recommend that you tell the story of biofuels and post a story wall in your classroom. The included online Prezi presentation version can serve as an introduction and review of the story. This combination of an oral story and pictures serves four functions:
- Students remember stories because they are coherent and connected to a plot line.
- The story wall can act as a reference for students as they work through multiple activities (See teacher guide for details).
- The story wall can act as a focal point for discussions and elaborations as students’ knowledge grows.
- The combination of oral, written, and pictorial versions of the story provide students with multiple representations of the complex issue giving students with different learning skills access to the material. READ MORE
- Matter and energy changes associated with the carbon-transforming processes.
- The effects of the use of fossil fuels and biofuels on the global carbon cycle and global climate change.
- A cost/benefit analysis of the production and use of biofuels.
Ohio 4H Bioenergy Curriculum
A new curriculum has been created to strengthen our 4-H STEM effort. This new web-based resource will help our next generation of leaders develop an awareness and appreciation for a sustainable energy future. It is leader-directed curriculum, targeting 4-H Cloverbuds (K-2) and youth through 5th grade. It was created through Ohio’s 4-H Youth Development program and the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC). The material consists of three bioenergy curriculum pieces in the content areas of 1) bioenergy sources, 2) bioenergy conversion, and 3) bioproducts.
Each curriculum piece contains about nine educational activities. Ohio State University Extension’s 4-H Cloverbud program is designed to meet the developmentally appropriate needs of children ages 5 to 8, or in kindergarten through the second grade. However, this curriculum is recommended for youth through fifth grade. The Cloverbud youth development program emphasizes overall well-being by empowering young children with successful learning and positive social interaction through cooperative learning in non-competitive environments.
The curriculum was developed with support from the Northeast Regional Sun Grant Initiative, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation: US DOT Assistance #DTOS59-07-G-00052.
LearnBiofuels.orgCreative Discovery Museum’s Farming for Fuels program is a series of classroom education lessons presented through the Museum’s school outreach program, Museum-A-Go-Go. The program provides lessons by Museum outreach staff for Grades 4-7 on the scientific processes for creating biofuels from switchgrass rather than from corn.
AgEnergy IowaOur goal in creating these modules was to offer a one stop shop for agricultural energy modules that instructors can use in their classrooms. In doing so, we did the heavy lifting of sifting through mounds of websites, research, and cutting edge technologies to bring you the information in an easy to understand format. We made sure to create non-biased material that puts students in a position to make a decision about the agricultural energy that interests them most, or is most cost effective for their own farms. We made sure to use PowerPoint so instructors could make changes to the presentations or re-brand them in a way they see fit. This project was funded by the New Era Rural Technology Competitive Grants Program (USDA) which makes grants available to community colleges or advanced technological centers, located in a rural area, for technology development, applied research, and training necessary to produce graduates capable of strengthening the Nation’s technical, scientific and professional workforce in the fields of bioenergy, pulp and paper manufacturing, and agriculture-based renewable energy resources. Although, focused on Iowa – these technologies cross all geographical regions. READ MORE Download Modules
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics Teaching MaterialsThe Nuffield Council on Bioethics has published a set of teaching resources based on its report Biofuels: ethical issues. The resources introduce students to the advantages and disadvantages of different types of biofuels, and include case studies and a role play exercise to explore the drivers of the biofuels industry and the impact that biofuels can have on people’s lives. Find out more The resources are split into two lessons. In the first lesson, students will begin by learning about the different types of biofuels that are being produced as alternative renewable sources of energy. They will explore the advantages and disadvantages of these different types of biofuels, and begin to make comparisons. The second lesson includes a role-play exercise to aid further exploration of the impacts of biofuels production in countries such as Brazil, Malaysia and the USA. The resources have been created and trialled as a cross-curricular exercise for whole classes or larger student groups at Key Stage 3 and above. The resources were developed and trialled by Michelle Albury, Jennet Wade and Rebecca Ward, teachers at Graveney School in South London. The resources are available to download either in PDF format or as editable Word files. READ MORE
Ohio Soybean CouncilThe Ohio Soybean Council (OSC) and soybean checkoff sponsor a website to provide educators with a wide array of relevant classroom materials and direct access to industry partners. The site was specifically developed to bring real-world situations into the classroom focused on chemistry, biology, biotechnology, environmental science and agriscience. READ MORE and MORE
- ESF in the High School is a school-college partnership program that enables qualified high school students to experience college-level course work and to understand the complex scientific and social perspectives behind news headlines.
- The Environmental Summit is a research symposium designed to bring together a community of high school aged scientists to present and discuss their original research to their peers, college science faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.
- The goals of National Science Foundation GK12 project are to enrich high school student science learning and engagement and to enhance teacher and graduate student professional development.
- The Science Corps supports campus-based, in-school, workplace and field-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning and professional development experiences for middle and high school students and teachers.
- ESF SCIENCE summer programs expose Syracuse middle school students to science and environmental education. Participants are involved in camps that emphasize urban ecology and urban ecosystems.
- The Environmental Challenge is a science fair and career exploration opportunity designed especially for all Syracuse City School District seventh and eighth grade students.
- Module Preview (PDF)
- Biosketch (PDF)
- Venn (PDF)
- Global Warming Concepts (PDF)
- Terrarium Lab (PDF)
- Benefits of Willow (PDF)
- CO2 Closure Lab (PDF)
- Density Lab (PDF)
- Climate Change (PDF)
- NYS Standards & Bibliography (PDF)
Sun Grant BioWebThe Sun Grant BioWeb, an online resource that makes information available about bioenergy and other plant-based products from biomass, is reaching out to K-12 teachers who will teach the next generation of consumers and scientists. Plans for the coming year for the Sun Grant BioWeb include adding a clearinghouse page about K-12 curricula available for teachers. Teachers and others interested in the science of the emerging biobased economy can find the Sun Grant BioWeb online at http://bioweb.sungrant.org. The concept of the Sun Grant BioWeb developed as one way to provide information for scientific researchers, policy makers, large- and small-scale industry, agricultural producers, and others who want to learn more about biomass research.
Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County Bio-Fuel Educational Outreach ToolMeeting the needs to provide educators information on research-driven information on renewable energy technology, Cornell Cooperative Extension Oneida County launches a new Bio-Fuel Educational outreach tool geared for 8th/9th grades. It is an electronically-available lesson that provides educators a complete, learning standard-ready information package. This package consists of a Smartboard lesson, an accompanying video feature “Future Fuels” (approximately 17 minutes) and a companion comprehensive Teacher’s guide. The lesson provides objectives, information, vocabulary, resources and classroom activities related to cellulosic ethanol production for liquid transportation fuel development. READ MORE To access this lesson material, click here>>
BBSRC Practical Biofuel ActivitesThe activities are provided to engage young people with the science and issues surrounding bioenergy and biofuels. The topics cover a range of areas in science and technology including:
- Plant science
- Background information on the science involved in the field of bioenergy and biofuels
- Further information about current research
- Practical activities:
- Learning objectives
- Suitable age ranges
- Suggested prior knowledge
- Approximate time needed
- Extension activities
- Curriculum links
- Health and safety guidance
- Supporting activities and resources
- Supporting PowerPoint presentations
- Further reading and weblinks
- Practical biofuel activities (complete) (PDF 6.42MB)
- About 'Practical biofuel activities for school engagement and outreach' (PDF 257KB)
- Introduction to bioenergy and biofuels (PDF 561KB)
- Health and safety (PDF 263KB)
- Good laboratory practice with young people (PDF 212KB)
- Biofuels general presentation (PPTX 22.63MB)
- Biogas (PDF 449KB)
- Activity 1A - Biogas generator (PDF 1.02MB)
- Curriculum links 1A (PDF 371KB)
- Biogas (PPTX 5.39MB)
Oil and biodiesel
- Oil and biodiesel background (PDF 1.05MB)
- Oil extraction (PPTX 5.39MB)
- Activity 1B - Oil extraction (PDF 934KB)
- Curriculum links 1B (PDF 319KB)
- Oil viscosity (PPTX 5.33MB)
- Activity 1C - Oil viscosity (PDF 841KB)
- Curriculum links 1C (PDF 385KB)
- Biodiesel production (PPTX 5.56MB)
- Activity 1D - Biodiesel production (PDF 700KB)
- Curriculum links 1D (PDF 344KB)
- Bioethanol background (PDF 813KB)
- Extracting sugar from sugar beet (PPTX 12.96MB)
- Activity 1E - Extracting sugar from sugar beet (PDF 377KB)
- Curriculum links 1E (PDF 391KB)
- Activity 1F - Carbohydrate testing (PDF 893KB)
- Curriculum links 1F (PDF 493KB)
- Carbohydrate testing (PPTX 7.98MB)
- Activity 1G - Yeast fermentation (PDF 578KB)
- Curriculum links 1G (PDF 373KB)
- Yeast fermentation (PPTX 10.80MB)
- Lignocellulosic bioethanol (PDF 977KB)
- Activity 2A - Plant material testing (PDF 983KB)
- Curriculum links 2A (PDF 433KB)
- Plant material testing (PPTX 12.52MB)
- Activity 2B - Hydrolysis of biofuel feedstocks (PDF 879KB)
- Curriculum links 2B (PDF 385KB)
- Hydrolysis of biofuel feedstocks (PPTX 15.57MB)
- Activity 2C - Fermentation of lignocelluloses (PDF 1.08MB)
- Curriculum links 2C (PDF 411KB)
- Fermentation of lignocelluloses (PPTX 14.47MB)
- Bacterial biofuels (PDF 1.24MB)
- Activity 2D - Bacterial cellulase (PDF 651KB)
- Curriculum links 2D (PDF 382KB)
- Bacterial cellulose (PPTX 7.71MB)
- Activity 2E - Cellulase enzyme activity (PDF 825KB)
- Curriculum links 2E (PDF 399KB)
- Cellulase enzyme activity (PPTX 14.92MB)
- Algal biofuels (PDF 1016KB)
- Activity 3A - Culturing algae (PDF 1000KB)
- Curriculum links 3A (PDF 392KB)
- Culturing algae (PPTX 5.96MB)
- Activity 3B - Algal photosynthesis (PDF 1.53MB)
- Curriculum links 3B (PDF 394KB)
- Algal photosynthesis (PPTX 6.39MB)
- Activity 3C - Algae chromatography (PDF 469KB)
- Curriculum links 3C (PDF 435KB)
- Algae chromatography (PPTX 6.10MB)
- Activity 4A - Making biofuel molecules (PDF 1.21MB)
- Activity sheet 4A - Making biofuel molecules (PDF 1.04MB)
- Curriculum links 4A (PDF 225KB)
- Making biofuel molecules (PPTX 4.87MB)
- Activity 4B - Biofuel feedstocks (PDF 3.37MB)
- Biofuel feedstocks (PPTX 11.27MB)
- Activity 4C - Crosswords (PDF 1.17MB)
- Activity 4D - Wordsearches (PDF 676KB)
- Bioenergy crosswords and wordsearches (PPTX 2.18MB)
- Activity 4E - Sentence loops (PDF 288KB)
- Glossary (PDF 370KB)
- Key words in school science (PDF 310KB)
- Curriculum links summary (PDF 317KB)
- Web links (PDF 288KB)
- Further reading (PDF 260KB)
Using Biochar as a Soil AmendmentThe University of Tennessee conversion team has created an education module that pertains to the use of biochar as a soil amendment. In this module, students will use biochar in an effort to determine what affect it has on the growth of various types of seeds. Students will plant seeds in the presence and absence of biochar and monitor the growth of the plants for a period of time. Comparisons in crop yield will demonstrate the effects of biochar as a soil amendment. The module is designed to align with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. This module is suitable for middle and high school students. READ MORE Download Module Here
American Farm Bureau Foundation Classroom ResourcesEach unit provides five, comprehensive, standards-based lesson plans and supporting resources. The middle school unit and eLearning experience are special projects of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, made possible by the generous support of Tri State Generation and Transmission Association. The high school unit is a special project of the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. The high-school unit introduces energy flow and challenges students to identify energy inputs for agricultural products. Students evaluate renewable energy sources, conduct a biodiesel lab and research farms using renewable energy. This unit was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to foster an appreciation for agriculture, reinforce STEM skills and abilities, and create an awareness of agriculture-related careers. For more information about the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, visit www.LearnAboutAg.org.
- Ross McCurdy: I graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Biology and Science Teacher certification and began teaching at Ponaganset High School in 1998. In 2002 I received a Masters degree in Science Education and certification to teach Chemistry. Big advocates of renewable energy, in 2003 we created our fuel cell-powered band "Protium" and developed our Fuel Cell Systems course at Ponaganset High. The course focuses on fuel cells and other renewable energy and combines academics with hands-on projects. These include our ongoing Fuel Cell Model T project and our Biodiesel Pickup. READ MORE