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Lesson 6: Fueling the Future

Authored by Facing the Future

60 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Science
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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Students begin this lesson by examining the characteristics of 2 different transportation fuels—one a biofuel and one created from crude oil—to evaluate their sustainability. Students learn the definition of sustainability and its 3 key components: economy, environment, and society. Students then discuss and evaluate the sustainability of various feedstocks used to produce transportation fuels.

Key objectives for students
Define sustainability and its 3 components: economy, environment, and society
Evaluate from multiple perspectives the sustainability of extracting or growing various feedstocks
Understand that fuel consumption has local and global impacts
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