Biofuels as Renewable Energy
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom invites you to explore the world of renewable energy from agriculture. Using corn, soybeans, and other crops or plant matter, the agricultural industry is able to produce home-grown, renewable energy for your car, truck or bus. These biofuels, also known as liquid energy, are developed through a rigorous process of research and development, testing, processing, and distribution. From a scientific perspective, you'll learn how agriculture and the development of renewable fuels are all about S.T.E.M. (Science – Technology – Engineering- Math). We hope you enjoy and appreciate what you'll learn through these six stories inBiofuels as Renewable Energy.
- Intro (0:38)
- Ethanol from Corn (11:12)
- Biodiesel from Soybeans (18:57)
- Renewable Fuel Impact on Engines (5:44)
- Ethanol from Crop Residue (4:43)
- Energy from Plant Matter (6:24)
- New Biofuel Sources (5:34)
Companion Teacher Resource
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom (MAITC) is pleased to offer this teacher resource document as a companion to our recently published DVD titled: Biofuels as Renewable Energy: Exploring the Present and Future.
Developed throughout 2013 and finalized in early 2014, we hope you'll enjoy and appreciate the six unique stories that make up Biofuels as Renewable Energy.
The Biofuels video segments and resources align with the Minnesota K-12 Academic Standards.
Chart of Academic Standards.
- Selected Glossary of Terms
- Ethanol from Corn
- Biodiesel from Soybeans
- Renewable Fuel Impact on Engines
- Ethanol from Corn Residue
- Energy from Plant Matter
- New Biofuel Sources
Overarching Goal of the DVD Biofuels as Renewable Energy
To allow educators and students the opportunity to further explore, investigate and understand the role renewable biofuels play in society … today and in the future.
Goal of this Companion Teacher Resource
The world of biofuels and renewable energy is constantly evolving, and on a regular basis you will see articles, studies and references in the public media, via University and private sector research, and from various organizations. New ideas and sources are always being investigated. The world of politics also seems to permeate throughout the biofuels and renewable energy world. When doing your own research, you’re sure to find many other new and varied resources!
Fields of Energy
Fields of Energy is a product of MAITC and is designed to help students and educators better understand the breadth and importance of Minnesota's renewable energy industry. Developed in 2008, these four stories still have relevance today. It is geared for grades 7-10 science classroom, but certainly has relevant applications for social studies and agricultural education.
- Ethanol: Fuel from Corn (8:47)
- Biodiesel: Fuel from Soybeans (8:36)
- Energy from Turkey Litter (8:18)
- The Carbon Cycle (2:57)
Visit Minnesota Department of Agriculture's YouTube page for additional videos about agriculture in Minnesota.
- Poster: Agriculture is Everywhere
- Poster: Agricultural Byproducts
- Farm Animals Bookmark
- Poster: Where does your cheeseburger come from?
- Poster: Where does your pizza come from?
- Minnesota Commodity Card Set
- Poster: History of Minnesota Agriculture
- Biofuels as Renewable Energy
- Agriculture: Serving Science & Society
- Agricultural Careers
- Minnesota Agriculture Profile
- Global Trading Partners