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From Fish Tank to Fuel Tank

 Matthew Johnson, Tayler Croom-Perez, Adam Perez, Eileen Antonison, Christopher Tekely, Randall Edelm
  8th-Apr-2017
Description: We use Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a single-celled microalgae, because it is a model photosynthetic organism about which there is a large amount of publicly available information for student research. It is also easy to maintain, and it has one of the fastest growth rates for algae. Like most photosynthetic organisms, Chlamydomonas require only a livable temperature, light, water, air, and a carbon source. Photosynthetic organisms use carbon dioxide and convert it into glucose (and cellulose) using the energy of light. Many of the challenges with growing algae are directly tied to concepts taught in middle school life science, such as photosynthesis, needs of organisms, environmental interactions of organisms with nonliving factors, and how the availability of resources can limit population growth.
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Domain: Energy
Category: Biomass
Maxims of Tech: Rules of Engagement for a Fast Changing Environment
Contents:
Engineering Photobioreactors
in the Classroom
BY MATTHEW JOHNSON, TAYLER CROOM-PEREZ, ADAM PEREZ,
EILEEN ANTONISON, CHRISTOPHER TEKELY,
AND RANDALL EDELMAN

CONTENT AREA
Life science; engineering

GRADE LEVEL
5–8

C

arbon sequestered in fossil fuels, which are burned for energy, increases atmospheric carbon dioxide to levels that threaten to impact
Earth; yet, the industrialized world deman ... See more

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