Bioproducts Education and Outreach
The goal of OBIC's Educational programming is to provide a means to bring bioproducts into classrooms, providing a vehicle for educators to meet rigorous academic content standards, address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) goals, develop workforce skills and inspire future innovators to develop sustainable solutions to global problems through hands-on, experiential learning.
Within these pages you will find:
Lesson Plans: 20 bioproduct-related educational activities available for free to download. The activities are supported by the United States Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant.
Resources: Links to additional information and related-activities to help educators connect the activities to their curriculum and to expand upon the information in the lessons. In addition, you can share your own ideas at GreenEdSocial.org, where you can discuss the lesson plans and come up with new ideas to share with educators everywhere.
New Program for Educators
Bioenergy & Bioproducts Professional Development Programs
The Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs (formerly Northeast Bioenergy & Bioproducts Programs) provide professional development and hands-on teaching tools for educators (grades 6 - 16 in service and pre-service teachers and extension educators) who want to learn and teach about the Bioenergy and Bioproducts systems currently in use and under development in the United States. Through the collaborative efforts and expertise of six institutions of research and higher learning, this program aims to inspire today's students to pursue careers in math and science by aligning concern for the natural environment with the emerging bioenergy and bioproducts industries.
The Bioenergy & Bioproducts Education Programs provide educators with the foundation and hands-on teaching tools to carry this message to our Nation's future workforce by providing:
An introduction to multi-disciplinary bioenergy and bioproducts content
Systems-approach and industrial ecology problem solving and thinking approach
Research based, learning-standard ready training materials and hands-on activities
Continued technical support after the workshop ends and the school year begins
The program offers three types of professional development:
To find out more, please visit www.bioenergyed.org
Or download the program brochure here.