The Biofuel Project: Creating Bio-diesel

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Lesson Plans/Activity: The Biofuel Project: Creating Bio-diesel Adode PDF
Grades: 9-12
Subject: Bioenergy

This activity introduces students to alternative fuels and gives them an opportunity to produce their own biodiesel fuel. The text of the exercise gives students a brief background in the environmental benefits of using biodiesel as a diesel substitute. The lab portion of this exercise demonstrates the basic chemistry involved in making biodiesel from vegetable oils and waste oils.

Many students have heard of biodiesel without realizing that producing the fuel from waste vegetable oi
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Curriculum: Chemistry, Technology Education
Plan Time:Two weeks

National Standards: 9-12

  • SEC-A: 1.b. Design and conduct scientific investigations.
  • SEC-A: 1.d. Formulate and revise scientific explanations and models using logic and evidence.
  • SEC-A: 1.e. Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and models.
  • SEC-B: 2.c. A compound is formed when two or more kinds of atoms bind together chemically.
  • SEC-B: 3.d. A large number of important reactions involve the transfer of electrons or hy
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Handouts included. Computers with Internet access. Other materials listed in the activity.

Owner: National Renewable Energy Laboratory