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These lessons cover STEM topics for grades 4-12. Many of them include options for advanced students. Additionally, the lessons meet Next Generation Science Standards.

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Lesson Title Lesson Summary Subject Grade Level
From Fossils to Phylogenies Mass Spectrometry Activity Students will analyze proteins from a Tyrannosaurus rex. Biology, Engineering Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
From Fossils to Phylogenies Phylogenetic Tree Activity This lesson introduces what phylogenetics is, why it is important, how to read a phylo and what is MAB? Biology, Engineering Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
From Fossils to Phylogenies Presentation This Powerpoint introduces the four activities for From Fossils to Phylogenies Biology, Engineering Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
From Salmonberry to Sagebrush In these lessons students will learn about invasive and non-invasive plants. Students will also learn about the ecoregions of Oregon and the ecology of plants, as well as other topics. Biology, Ecology Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Fuel Comparison In this lesson students will learn the positive and negative effects of using fossil fuels and biofuels, why fossil fuels are so prevalent, what are some alternatives to fossil fuels, and what can be done to push these alternatives into market. Bioenergy, Energy Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Fueling the Future In this lesson students will learn about sustainable biofuels that can be produced in the Pacific Northwest for aviation. Bioenergy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Engineering, Renewable Energy Middle School (6-8)
Gel Beads In this lesson students learn how to create gels from polymers. Students will learn the chemical background of polymers, gels and some every day uses. The background materials cover the chemistry of polymers and gels. Chemistry Elementary (4-5)
Generations of Biofuels Students will learn about the three generations of biofuels. They will learn how they are produced, their advantages and disadvantages, and the marketability of each fuel through this discussion-based activity. Bioenergy Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Green Building Design Using Google SketchUp In this lesson students use software to build a simple structure from and then add their own “green” additions. Engineering High School (9-12)
Growing Algae for Fuel In this lesson students will explore research themselves by growing algae using waste water (made with fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium). Bioenergy, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Engineering Middle School (6-8)

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