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Bioenergy lessons for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades

 

Front cover of Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use; grades 3-5
Front cover of Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use; grades 3-5

Facing the Future (FTF) recently published a lesson plans that introduce energy concepts to elementary students in grades 3-5. These lesson plans were vertically aligned to the middle and high school curricula previously published by FTF. The lesson plans …more

NARA researcher is recognized for excellence in graduate education

Daniel Schwartz
Daniel Schwartz

Daniel SchwartzBoeing-Sutter Professor and chairman of chemical engineering at the University of Washington, was awarded the 2015 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Mentor AwardThe award recognizes a University of Washington faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education and guidance of graduate students.

Dr. Schwartz leads the NARA Tribal Partnerships Program (TPP). This program provides undergraduate and …more

NARA offers searchable repository for bioenergy information

Front webpage athttp://woodtobiofuel.org/
Front webpage athttp://woodtobiofuel.org/

Quality, un-biased information that addresses the use of forest residuals to produce chemical products like biofuels is abundant, the challenge is finding it. To make this information readily available to individuals and communities, NARA has produced a knowledge base repository that links to hundreds of reports, peer reviewed articles and websites.

View the NARA Knowledge Base here.

One …more

Teacher professional development for energy literacy

High school teachers participating in a teacher workshop at the McCall Outdoor Science School. Photo courtesy of MOSS.
High school teachers participating in a teacher workshop at the McCall Outdoor Science School. Photo courtesy of MOSS.

The USDA-NIFA, through NARA, supports programs to educate K-12 students and increase their level of bioenergy literacy. Curriculum units have been developed for middle and high school students …more

Putting “sustainability” in energy education

Danica Hendrickson, curriculum director at Facing the Future, introduces curriculum units to high school teachers. Photo courtesy of MOSS.
Danica Hendrickson, curriculum director at Facing the Future, introduces curriculum units to high school teachers. Photo courtesy of MOSS.

Research performed by NARA members contributes to an understanding of how to develop a sustainable wood residual-to-biojet fuel and co-product industry. Sustainability in this case refers to …more

Bioenergy lessons for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders

Image from Facing the Future website:https://www.facebook.com/FacingtheFuture/photos/a.10151030527497891.426153.39816417890/10152620941602891/?type=1&theater
Image from the Facing the Future website:https://www.facebook.com/FacingtheFuture/photos/a.10151030527497891.426153.39816417890/10152620941602891/?type=1&theater

Facing the Future has developed lessons for elementary school students that explore concepts on energy. These lessons are currently being offered to elementary teachers for testing and feedback. The pilot period is until December 24th. A final draft should be available in early 2015.

To participate in the pilot opportunity, visit the …more

Grades 7-12 biofuels curriculum released to educators

 

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One of the five NARA project goals is to increase bioenergy literacy among students, educators, professionals and the general public. For students and educators, NARA funds and participates in a number of programs targeted to K-12 and higher education students.

For a listing of the student education opportunities provided by NARA, view here.

Developing and distributing curricula that translates NARA research to middle …more