All about algae...

All about algae...

Primary school science resources about nature's hidden energy store

BioMara (the Sustainable Fuels from Marine Biomass project) is a research project that aims to demonstrate whether biofuels can be produced from marine biomass (algae).

This is an incredibly important subject, as governments all over the world are looking for alternatives to using oil and gas from fossil fuels.

To help schools, the BioMara project has produced a range of teaching materials for primary schools. The look at algae and how energy can be produced from them.

The materials include information about seaweeds (also called macroalgae) and microalgae (also called phytoplankton).

BioMara Resources

There are six lesson plans, identification information for seaweeds and a poster. You can either download these separately or in one. Hard copies were sent to 900 schools across the three regions.

Click here to download the entire BioMara teaching resource: Energy from Marine Algae (30.3MB)

Information for teachers

Each lesson consists of a content section and an activity section. The content section provides the background knowledge for the teacher. The activity section comprises of a brief description of the lesson, learning outcomes and a variety of activities that may be used, such as written, pictorial, interactive and experimental activities. The learning outcomes are assessed in each lesson by the final activity. The materials may be adapted to suit the ability of the class. The Irish, Northern Irish and Scottish curricula (as of 2012) were used in the design of the activity sections.

The teaching materials are colour coded:

  • A yellow band identifies the content pages
  • A blue band identifies the activity section
  • A red band identifies activities
  • A green band identifies answer sheets

Energy from Marine Algae: BioMara teaching materials

  1. Lesson 1: What are algae?
  2. Lesson 2: How do algae grow?
  3. Lesson 3: Algae and their environment
  4. Lesson 4: Pollution and algae
  5. Lesson 5: The uses of algae
  6. Lesson 6: How algae can be used to produce biofuel
  7. Macroalgae identification
  8. Scientific investigation sheet
  9. Definitions: busting jargon
  10. Poster

This resource was designed, written and compiled by Anna Marie Sherry and illustrated by Brian Fitzgerald.

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