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ERIC Number: EJ1046082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Pond Power
Bode, Claudia; Criss, Mary; Ising, Andrew; McCue, Sharon; Ralph, Shannon; Sharp, Scott; Smith, Val; Sturm, Belinda
Science Teacher, v81 n2 p43-49 Feb 2014
Every year, high school students hunch over microscopes and peer at a plethora of tiny creatures. Swimming single-celled protists and whirling multicellular rotifers often steal the show, preventing students from noticing the static algae. However, these frequently overlooked, ordinary algae are inspiring research all over the world as scientists contemplate the idea of using algae as a renewable alternative to fossil fuels. By shifting the focus of their timeless microscope activities, teachers can introduce students to this idea. This article provides an overview of several algae activities that teachers can incorporate into their microscope activities to engage high school students in authentic inquiry--whether in a general or advanced biology, environmental-science, pre-engineering or biotechnology elective or in a summer enrichment course. From microscope to photobioreactor, algae is an effective tool to relate common biology concepts to real-world chalenges like renewable energy. The area is not only ripe for inquiry, but students can make observations, pose questions, and gather and analyze data.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: NSF EEC-0909199