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Video length is 3:30 min.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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High School: 5 Disciplinary Core Ideas
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 web page associated with this video includes a background essay and discussion questions.
- Resource will require 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.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 5
HS-ESS3.A1:Resource availability has guided the development of human society.
HS-ESS3.A2:All forms of energy production and other resource extraction have associated economic, social, environmental, and geopolitical costs and risks as well as benefits. New technologies and social regulations can change the balance of these factors.
HS-ETS1.A2:Humanity faces major global challenges today, such as the need for supplies of clean water and food or for energy sources that minimize pollution, which can be addressed through engineering. These global challenges also may have manifestations in local communities
HS-LS1.A1:Systems of specialized cells within organisms help them perform the essential functions of life.
HS-LS1.C3:As matter and energy flow through different organizational levels of living systems, chemical elements are recombined in different ways to form different products.