KQED, Teachers' Domain
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Challenging for High School - maybe AP classes
About Teaching Climate Literacy
4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
4.7 Different sources of energy have different benefits and drawbacks.
5.3 Systems-based approach.
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- The webpage associated with this video includes a background essay and discussion questions.
- Resource will require extensive teacher preparation (and knowledge) to be properly introduced to students.
About the Science
- Keasling's approach involves engineering microbes to eat simple sugars found in plant matter and convert them to biofuels that are substitutes for ethanol. Video also explains some of the difficulties of using these techniques and of harvesting plant material feedstocks without having an impact on land use and climate change.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Students may find the ideas in this video difficult to understand without some background in microbiology.
- The background essay largely repeats what is in the video itself.
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