Turning Garbage into Energy!

Author: 
Jeremy Ecton
Grade Level: 
7-8th
Standards
National Science Education Standards: 
Concept A: Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations Concept B: Transfer of energy Concept E: Abilities of technical design
Arizona State Science Education Standards: 
Strand 1: Inquiry Process Concepts 1-4 Strand 2: History and Nature of Science Concept 1 Strand 3: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives Concepts 1-2 Strand 4: Life Science Concept 1
overview: 
In this lesson students will learn how to make and quantify observations, design a methane generating bio-reactor from garbage based on these observations, quantify results using scientific instruments, and draw conclusions on their findings. The “big ideas” this project will cover are microbiology (the idea that all living things are composed of smaller living things; cells), alternative energy, and global warming from green house gases.
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Turning Garbage into Energy!.doc546 KB
Methane vs Carbon Dioxide worksheet.doc26 KB