Biofuels: Hands-On Exploration of Alternative Energy Options

by  Creative Discovery Museum

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Learn more about biofuels! During each lesson, a CDM educator creatively shares alternative energy content and facilitates student participation in three activities.

All of this happens from Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, TN using video conferencing technology. If you have an internet connection and computer, we can most likely work with you and your students.

A kit, containing a teacher packet and enough materials for 30 students, is shipped to your school 5-7 days prior to the lesson.

Want to know more? Check out this fantastic article published by a school that participated! http://www.schodack.k12.ny.us/stories/2014-15/bio-fuels.php

For more information, or to schedule a Biofuels lesson, please contact Karen Dewhirst at kcd@cdmfun.org.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00

1 Lesson: $150.00
**Program fee includes cost of lab materials and postage to ship within the continental USA. All others please add $25 to the program fee to cover additional costs to ship lab materials outside the lower 48 states.


50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Community Interests, Economics/Business, Gifted & Talented, Industrial Technology, Problem Solving, Sciences, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Schedule early to get your choice of day and time! We can accommodate up to 4 lessons in a day.

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify at least 24 hours in advance for cancellations.

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Creative Discovery Museum

Chattanooga, TN
United States

School programming at Creative Discovery Museum is designed to provide engaging activities that enhance the learning experience for students in grades 3-8. Our educators are trained to encourage curiosity as they provide opportunities for sustained learning through engaging, hands-on activities. Concepts represented in these appealing lessons and activities directly support learning standards and are designed to extend classroom curriculum.

Karen Dewhirst

Program Details


1. This program begins with a discussion of biofuels and gasoline to activate students' background knowledge.

2. Then, we compare and contrast four fuel types.

3. Next, we explore the controversy between gasoline and biofuels by relating it to the carbon cycle and ocean acidification.

4. Then, students model the process of ocean acidification through a hands-on activity.

5. Next, students participate in a game of "Does It Contain Corn?"

6. Then, we move into the idea of switchgrass as a biofuel source.

7. Finally, students model the cell wall of both corn and switchgrass.


-The participant will compare and contrast fuel types.
-The participant will model the process of ocean acidification.
-The participant will develop an appreciation for the widespread use of corn in common products.
-The participant will model the cell wall of both corn and switchgrass to understand the challenge of harvesting sugars from plant cells to make biofuels.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.

MS-PS1-3. Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.

MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.

MS-ETS1-1. Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1-2. Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.