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Baker, Stokes S. [1].

Biofuels curriculum for high school students.

Faculty at the University of Detroit Mercy are developing a biofuels curriculum for the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS) program. PAS provides interdisciplinary inquiry-based course materials for high school students. Two botany modules have been created. One module lead students through the steps needed to create grain-based ethanol and cellulosic ethanol. Students are then challenge to create ethanol from whole plant material. The second module has students determine the amount of potential energy in different plant organs using a simple calorimeter. From their experimental data, students are then asked to evaluate the merits of corn-based ethanol versus cellulosic ethanol for reducing America’s dependence on foreign sources of oil and on reducing the impact of automobiles on global atmospheric change.


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1 - University of Detroit Mercy, Biology Department, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI, 48221, USA

Keywords:
biofuels
cellulosic ethanol
K12
partnership
Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies
Calorimeter.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for BSA Sections
Session: 36
Location: Superior A/Cliff Lodge - Level C
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Time: 9:15 AM
Number: 36006
Abstract ID:911


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