Corn for Fuel?!

Can corn power the world? Young scientists learn about how corn and other plants can provide renewable biofuels in the second of nine lessons. They set up an experiment to investigate how different variables affect plant growth. All of this is in the context of planning a biofuels facility.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Provide each group with a different variable to investigate
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires some gardening materials; see resource for complete list
  • Builds on prior knowledge from the unit
Pros

  • Provides a set of worksheets for the activity
  • Gives suggestions on how to modify the activity for lower and upper grades
Cons

  • None