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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. Another resource is the Common Core Standards for Oregon.

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Lesson Title Lesson Summary Subject Grade Level
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)
Growing Bioenergy In this lesson, students will have an opportunity to plant a poplar tree and discuss the uses and growth of poplar trees for bioenergy technologies. Bioenergy, Biology Middle School (6-8)
Habitat Lesson In this lesson students will learn about owl habitat and survival requirements through a game to simulate owl survivability. Biology, Ecology Elementary (4-5)
Harnessing Solar Power with K'nex Cars In this lesson, students incorporate problem solving to build a solar powered K’nex car. Engineering, Renewable Energy Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Harnessing Wind Power Students in this lesson learn about wind power, and design wind blades using the engineering process. Engineering, Renewable Energy Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)