Algal Biofuels: An Emerging Renewable Energy

In this activity, students explore the basic living requirements of algae (phytoplankton)through hands-on experience and an interactive game. Students investigate what algal biofuels are, how they are made, where they can grow, and, most importantly, why this topic should be investigated. Algal biofuels are an emerging source of renewable energy.

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Jakob Nalley
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

This is a great activity that could be adjusted for a variety of grade levels - elementary thru high school. If students aren't able to collect samples, then the activity can still be modified to remain engaging.

Activity likely requires guidance for the students by the instructor.

Students need background information about phytoplankton and chemistry.