Sustainable Solutions: Bioenergy and Bioproducts

by  Creative Discovery Museum

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Learn more about the latest research on bioenergy and bioproducts. During each lesson, a Creative Discovery Museum educator creatively shares alternative energy content and facilitates student participation in four activities. These activities will lead students to a better understanding of the need for sustainable solutions to everyday problems and specifically bioenergy and bioproducts from sustainably farmed poplar trees. 

All of this happens from the distance learning studio and videoconferencing technology at the Creative Discovery Museum located in Chattanooga, TN. If you have an internet connection and computer with webcam, we can most likely bring this timely and thought provoking lesson to you and your students. 
An activity kit, containing a teacher guide and enough materials for 20 students, is shipped to your school 2 weeks prior to the scheduled lesson.
One week prior to the lesson you will be contacted and the selected videoconference method tested.
For more information or to schedule a Sustainable Solutions: Bioenergy & Bioproducts lesson, please contact Melissa Garland at mgarland@cdmfun.org.

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*The Center for Bioenergy Innovation is providing 75 FREE lessons on a first-come, first-served basis to schools within the United States.
**Program fees include cost of lab materials and postage to ship lab materials within the continental USA. All others please add $25 to the cost to cover additional postage costs outside the lower 48 states.


50-60 minutes

Target Audience

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

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Primary Disciplines

Economics/Business, Industrial Technology, Literacy, Problem Solving, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

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

Booking Information

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Creative Discovery Museum

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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.

Melissa Garland

Program Details


1. This program begins with a discussion of bioenergy and bioproducts to activate students' background knowledge.
2. The presenter will lead students in a discussion about the cycle of the bioproducts industry.
3. Students will play a game - "Bioproduct - yes or no?" using poplar leaf paddles to vote on a variety of different products.
4. Students will be introduced to the three main ideas of the Center of Bioenergy Innovation current research around poplar trees as a source for fuel and bioproducts;; increase the rate of growth, decrease water usage, increase sugar production and decrease production costs.
5. Students will be introduced to the field of genetic research with a hands-on experiment to demonstrate the differences between physical changes and genetic changes.
6. Students will engage in a discussion about genetic modification and its impact on bioenergy and bioproducts.
7. Students will simulate genetic modification of the DNA sequence and delivery systems scientists use to introduce the edited DNA back into the plant to yield the desired changes.
8. The science educator will lead students through a review of the life of a bioproduct with emphasis on the Center of Bioenergy Innovation's approach.


-The participant will be introduced to the industry of bioenergy and bioproducts.
-The participant will evaluate the suitability of a variety of products for potential bioproducts..
-The participant will discuss and compare the benefits and challenges of bioproducts and petroleum-based products..
-The participant will extract wheat germ DNA.
-The participant will simulate the process of editing DNA and delivering it back into a plant.

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 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.