Programs & Events

Family Science Investigation - Algae to Ethanol

This program is Full.
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Family Program
May. 16, 2013 | Thursday, 10:00am
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Thursday, May 16, 2013, 10:00am - 11:30am
Minimum age 11 (minors must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Location: Nature Research Center - Natural World Investigate Lab - 2nd Floor
$20/parent-child pair; $10 for each additional child

Alternative fuel sources are a popular area of discussion in the science and engineering communities. Never before has so much money and research been devoted to the development of alternative fuel sources.  This class is designed to teach students about the benefits of alternative fuel sources, specifically the area of biofuels. The Algae to Ethanol class offered by the Natural World Investigate Lab will teach students everything they need to know about the processes of growing algae, harvesting it, and extracting ethanol. We will cover the development of algae ethanol from photosynthesis to alcoholic fermentation and give students hands-on experience using density measurement sticks, fractional distillation systems, spectrometers and pipettes.

Family Science Investigations programs offer families an opportunity to participate together in monthly science classes related to Museum research, including topics in ecology, paleontology, geology and biology. These classes are especially useful for homeschoolers looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!

Program Instructor: Bob Alderink and Colin Brammer, Coordinators for Natural World investigate Lab.

Registration information: Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form and Health Form with payment.

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.