The scene in Back To The Future II where Doc Brown puts garbage into his Delorean engine was ahead of its time. But now that future is almost here as engineers somewhat like Doc Brown are taking waste fat and old cooking grease and converting it into crystal clear biodiesel. Discover the people and technology behind this back to the future video below.
Find out by watching the Serious Science ethanol video below. Follow the process of ethanol production from how corn is grown, to how it’s harvested, to how it gets turned into fuel. Then, click the lesson links below to share and learn even more in your classroom about this "a-maize-ing" biochemical process. You'll also find more educational links below including those of our educational partner the Wisconsin Corn Growers who supported the video and lesson content for you and your class to learn from. Click on their logo below to explore more background information on corn and ethanol production.
Unlock the answers to the physics, chemistry and science of hydrocarbons as you watch this "Emmy-Winning" video. You'll discover the technology of how oil is transported through pipelines to one of the most advanced oil refineries in North America. There, we'll explore the technologies used throughout the refining process, and discover how the refinery conserves natural resources. So start “refining” your knowledge by watching this video, then dive into extended classroom learning by using the Discussion Guide (coming soon!).
Explore the video and content below and every tank of gasoline from now on will never seem the same. Here you'll get to explore the combination of historic and modern physics and technology that refiners use to actually "rearrange" the hydrocarbon molecules in crude oil and turn them into gasoline... and other high-demand fuels that power our society.
Driving vehicles powered by fossil fuels converts millions of year's worth of prehistoric trapped carbon within the earth's crust into carbon dioxide expelled into today's atmosphere. In the past 200 years alone, the industrial revolution has caused CO2 levels to rise from 280 ppm to 400 ppm. The increase in atmospheric CO2 creates the problems associated with climate change impacting marine and terrestrial ecosystems around the earth. What's the solution? It starts with exploring the CO2 life cycles of different types of fuels that you'll discover in this introduction video that can be used with the four free companion Middle and High School lesson activities below from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.