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Curriculum Resources

BTI Education and Outreach trains and collaborates with teachers to develop curriculum resources. These resources are made available, for free, to anyone that wishes to use them.  All lessons are suitable for middle school, high school, or undergraduate grade levels. Click on the lesson title to see details, examples, and download materials.

  • BTI-Developed Lessons

    • Algae to Energy: Optimizing Systems

      Description: Algae are a promising source of liquid biofuel, and growth systems must be optimized for sustainable production.
      Key Content Areas: Bioenergy, Biotic and Abiotic Interactions, Scientific Inquiry, Genetics, Engineering, Climate Change

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    • Biofuel Bumper Crop: How Much Does Environmental pH Matter?

      Description: Switchgrass can be grown to create bioethanol and scientists are working to understand which varieties will grow best under varying environmental conditions to optimize yields.
      Key Content Areas: Bioenergy, Biotic and Abiotic Interactions, Scientific Inquiry, Natural Variation, Climate Change

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    • Beet Armyworm Invasion: Can Plants Fight Back?

      Description: Some plants can defend themselves from insect damage better than others and researchers want to understand how this occurs.
      Key Content Areas: Biotic and Abiotic Interactions, Agriculture, Food Production, Scientific Inquiry, Evolution, Natural Variation, Climate Change

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    • Discovering Epigenetics: It’s a bal!

      Description: Epigenetic traits are heritable characteristics that are not due to changes in gene sequence.
      Key Content Areas: Genetics, Heredity, Evolution

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  • Teacher-Developed Lessons

    • Biomolecules and Biofuel

      Contributor: Laura Penman – Monroe Community College
      Description: Biofuels will create a wealth of new jobs in biology, chemistry, agriculture, machinery, transportation, and business.
      Key Content Areas: Enzymes, Biofuels, Chemical Reactions, Scientific Method

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    • BrachyBio! Mutant Plants

      Contributor: Kelly Mackey – Islip High School
      Description: Mutated Brachypodium plants illustrate the evolutionary concepts of random mutation, variety, and the adaptive value of new traits.
      Key Content Areas: Living Environment, Genetics, Heredity, Evolution, Natural Variation

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    • Environment and Art

      Contributor: Sarah Moore – Bronx Guild High School
      Description: Through art, students explore the flora and fauna that surrounds them.
      Key Content Areas: Ecosystems, Food webs, Interdependence of living things

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    • Packing Peanut Density

      Contributor: Kim Lacelle – Wheatland-Chili School District
      Description: Packing peanuts can be made from sustainable sources like cornstarch.
      Key Content Areas: Scientific Inquiry, Mathematical Analysis, Bioproducts, Environment, Sustainability

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    • Stronger than Dirt

      Contributor: Wil White – Laurens Central School
      Description: Soils have an important impact on the development of plant systems.
      Key Content Areas: Scientific Inquiry, Biotic and Abiotic Interactions, Mathematical Analysis

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