Key Content Areas: Biofuel, Enzymes, Chemical Reactions, Scientific Method
Contributors: Laura Penman, Monroe Community College
Grade Levels: 7-12; Undergraduate
Time Needed: 140 minutes; 1-2 weeks
Biofuels will create a wealth of new jobs in biology, chemistry, agriculture, machinery, transportation, and business. In this lab, students learn about four different classes of biological molecules and will use indicators to discover the power of enzymes. Students will apply their discoveries to developing technologies in renewable energy.
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Biomolecules and Biofuels Introduction (.pptx)
Pre- and Postlab Resources
Ethanol from Algae (article)
Algae Farm in Mexico Produces Ethanol (article)
Ethanol Producers Warily Eye Algae’s Bloom (article)
Grass Makes Better Ethanol Than Corn (article)