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Composites: Bioresins? Natural Fibers? (Grades 6-9)

Discover how a variety of biomass feedstocks can be used to improve the characteristics and performance of composite materials.


Don't Waste the Waste (Grades 1-8) 

Create a model anaerobic digester to capture and measure biogas production and understand the anaerobic digestion process.

From Algae to Oil  (Grades 6-12)   X        

Agriculture in Soap: Plant Oils Matter  (Grades 1-6)

 Make soap from glycerine, recognize its desirable properties and functions in products to classify glycerine as a by-product from biofuels.


Extreme Makeover: Landfill Edition  (Grades 1-6) 

Design a state-of-the-art landfill to be placed within the county that will take into account recycling and composting products.

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Flour and Yeast Do WHAT? (Grades 4-6)

Recognize that starch, proteins, and cellulose are natural polymers found in the grains we use and the food we eat.


Green at Home (Grades 5-8)

Investigate the emerging bioproducts industry in your home and community.


Natural Adhesives (Grades 5-12)

Investigate natural alternatives compared to synthetic-based adhesives.

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Natural Rubber (Grades 5-12)

Explore and investigate an alternative source of rubber.


OMG or GMO?  (Grades 6-8)

Discover that one of the applications of biotechnology has created issues of genetic modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified (GM) foods.

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Performance Matters  (Grades 4-8) 

Evaluate and compare the performance of bioproducts and traditional cleaning products using scientific methods.

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PLA Plastic: Shrink Sleeve  (Grades 4-8)

Indentify reasons to use biobased and biodegradable products in packaging. Students will design a compostability test for PLA packaging.

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Soy Foam: Egg Drop  (Grades 4-12)

Recognize and classify products as polymers. Compare the usability of conventional polymers to biobased packaging materials.


Soy Foam: Insulation  (Grades 4-12)

Identify reasons to choose soy foam insulation over traditional synthetic insulation.


Soy Ink (Grades 6-12)

Recognize that properties of biomass make them sustainable substitutes in industrial products; test the properties of soy oil and soy lecithin in making ink.


Soy Lubricant: Benefits of Bioproducts (Grades 6-12)

Investigate the characteristics and effectiveness of bio-based lubricant versus synthetic-based lubricants.

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Starch-based Packing Peanuts (Grades 6-12)

Recognize and classify products as polymers and compare the usability of conventional polymers to biobased packaging materials.

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Waste to WOW! (Grades 9-12) 

Investigate the process of fermentation and anaerobic digestion.  Apply the problem-solving model to a real world problem or product design



Bioproduct Science Standard Links:

  • Bioproduct Science Standard 1-8
  • Bioproduct Science Standard 9-15

  • Bioproduct Science Standard 16-20

Project supported by a Secondary Education/2-Year Postsecondary Education/Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom grant from the United States Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture under Award No. 2010-38414-21028.  Any opinion, findings, conclusions or recommendation expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.