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Carolina STEM Challenge®: Biofuels Kit

Item # 180950 Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Explore the production of ethanol biofuel by investigating the effect of enzymes and temperature on the breakdown of starch. Next, design and build a reaction chamber that will allow the production of ethanol by yeast fermentation and also allow the carbon dioxide gas produced to be measured.
  • High school engineering design challenge with enough materials for 8 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®–Lab activity that designs a solution for an engineering problem to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.

Price $78.50 $70.80

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Students study the use of enzymes and microbes to produce ethanol biofuel. They investigate the ability of enzymes to break down starch under different conditions, and they determine the best conditions for using enzymes in ethanol production. Student teams brainstorm, design, build, and test an apparatus to capture and measure gas production during fermentation. They enter their engineered apparatus into a classroom competition, which can be scored using the design challenge scoring rubric. A grading rubric is also provided, facilitating assessment of each design team’s results. Team presentations allow students the opportunity to reflect on their experience and demonstrate their learning in creative ways.

Time Requirement
Teacher prep, 45 minutes. Engineering challenge, approximately 5 class periods.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectations

Crosscutting Concepts
Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World

Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS2.B: Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

Science and Engineering Practices
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Learning Objectives

  • Investigate the effects of temperature and enzymes on alcohol fermentation.
  • Explore the process of ethanol production for use as biofuel, a renewable energy resource.
  • Design and build an apparatus that measures gas production during fermentation.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Prior knowledge of renewable energy resources, alcohol fermentation, and environmental science are useful in this experiment.

  • This item is only available from Carolina Biological Supply Company.

Product Families Featuring This Item:

Components Qty Included?
Pancreatin Powder, 4 g 1 Included
Starch Solution, 1%, 75 mL 1 Included
Measuring Spoons 3 Included
Graduated Pipets 5 Included
Iodine-Potassium Iodide, 30 mL 1 Included
Centrifuge Tubes, 15 mL 20 Included
Yeast Packet 1 Included
Sugar Packets 16 Included
Syringes, 10 mL 16 Included
Balloons 16 Included
Plastic Medicine Cups 32 Included
Wooden Stirrers 32 Included
Plastic Bags 16 Included
End Caps for Syringes 16 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Document Camera or Overhead Projector Needed, Not Included
250-mL Beaker with 200 mL of Warm Water (35–40° C) 1 Needed, Not included
250 mL Beaker with 200 mL of Hot Water (80–90° C) 1 Needed, Not included
Thermometers 8 Needed, Not included
Wide-Mouth Bottle (with cap), 1 L 1 Needed, Not included
Graduated Cylinder, 1000 mL 1 Needed, Not included
Permanent Markers 9 Needed, Not included
Timers 9 Needed, Not included
Balance (accurate to 0.0 g) Needed, Not included
Clear Adhesive Tape Needed, Not included
Weigh Boats Needed, Not included
Warm Tap Water, 400 mL (for yeast suspension) Needed, Not included
Tap Water ( for students during the Design Activity) Needed, Not included

Carolina STEM Challenge® Emerging Energies Series

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These NEW kits for middle and high school environmental science offer:

  • Exciting STEM components
  • Fun, challenging activities for students
  • Easy implementation, even if you are new to STEM
  • Unique topics in emerging energies

Carolina STEM Challenge® Emerging Energies Series kits engage and inspire students with fun, real-world design challenges in an exciting tournament-style format. Integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) into your environmental science curriculum has never been more exciting or easier.

Carolina STEM Challenge® kits incorporate STEM components and focus on engineering concepts and practices in line with the Next Generation Science Standards. Student teams design, build, test, and compete in a cooperative-learning environment. This gives them the opportunity to strengthen their critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills and reflect on their entry’s performance and what they could do to improve it.

Carolina STEM Challenge® kits are easy to use, even if you are new to STEM. We designed each kit to include everything you need for classroom success:

  • Warm-up activity with background information
  • STEM design template and challenge
  • Notebooking and literacy extensions
  • Materials and instructions to support small design teams
  • Grading rubrics