The Great Biofuels Debate

The Great Biofuels Debate

New free resources from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics

Nuffield have published a new set of free, online teaching resources for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. These resources help students to consider the advantages and disadvantages of different types of biofuels that are being produced, or that may be produced in future, as renewable sources of energy for transport.

The activities include case studies and 'the great biofuels debate' - a role-play exercise to help explore the various motivations that are driving the biofuels industry in different countries, and the possible impact that biofuels can have on people's everyday lives. At the end of the role play, students debate the question: Should the UK increase the amount of biofuels it imports?

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Should the UK increase the amount of biofuels it imports?

The lessons have been created and trialled by teachers as a cross-curricular exercise for whole classes or larger student groups and would be a great addition to the science classroom.

To find out more and download the resources, visit Nuffield Teaching Resources - Biofuels.

Nuffield have also produced free teaching resources on:

  • Case studies in 'personalised medicine'
  • Dementia
  • The forensic use of bioinformation
  • Animal research