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Module Description: This learning module, from Support Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), introduces participants to the microcantilever. The module covers microcantilever "applications in micro and nanotechnologies, its use in sensor arrays, and how it works in both static and dynamic modes...
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Module Description: This learning module, from Support Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), covers major developments and applications of biological microelectromechanical systems (BioMEMS). "There are three activities included that provide further exploration of these applications, how they...
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This lab sequence guides students through the process of converting plant-based fuel sources (biomass) first into sugars then ethanol. "As biomass samples are pretreated, enzymatically digested, and fermented, students use glucose meters and ethanol probes to measure the key products of this...
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Students are required to compare various alternative fuels and evaluate advantages and disadvantages using graphical representations of fuel and energy data. "This activity asks students to begin to consider the life cycle energy and carbon dioxide emission costs of gasoline, corn ethanol, and...
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In this activity, students "compare the net energy and/or net greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted during the life cycle production of ethanol from switchgrass, diverse prairie and corn stover." Students will construct scenarios based on the data and business rules provided in the package from Microsoft...
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Students will discover the relationship between biofuel crop production and invertebrate biodiversity in these field investigations as well as the "effects those organisms have on pollination rates and weed seed predation." Instructors will have the option to choose from six field-sampling methods...
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Students will create a visual representation of the diverse spectrum of root depths of biofuel crops and prairie plants in this activity using raffia ribbon. The resulting wall hanging can facilitate discussion on carbon sequestration in plants and plant contribution to carbon in soil. This Root...
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In this activity, students examine the relationship between soil microbes and carbon cycling through self-designed experiments exploring “microbial respiration rates and soil variables such as temperature, habitat, soil type, and agricultural management choices.” Three different techniques for...
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In this activity, students will "analyze data detailing global energy sources and sinks (uses) and construct a diagram to show the relative scale and the connections between them. Discussions of scale, historical, socio-environmental and geographic variation in this data and implications for future...
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In this lesson from MAPS GIS at Lane Community College, students examine the ecological zones in Oregon using a web-based GIS map. Using the skills acquired from the tutorial, students will be able to investigate the connections between ecoregions in Oregon relating specifically to precipitation,...
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