Erin R. Pierce, U.S. Department of Energy
Video length is 2:33 min.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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Middle School: 1 Disciplinary Core Idea
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas
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.
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- Students could also make biofuel in class; one such lesson from the CLEAN collection is http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/pdfs/biomass_creatingbiodiesel.pdf
About the Science
- The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that 17 percent of the United States’ imported oil for transportation could be replaced with homegrown, algae-based biofuels.
- This video gives a very basic review of the process of converting algae into biofuel and algae's potential for helping reduce our dependence on imported oil.
- Comments from expert scientist: Video contains basic information without depth and could be used for younger K grades.
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 1
MS-ESS3.A1:Humans depend on Earth’s land, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere for many different resources. Minerals, fresh water, and biosphere resources are limited, and many are not renewable or replaceable over human lifetimes. These resources are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geologic processes.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 2
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