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Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Teacher Lesson Plan

Our goal is to provide a comprehensive collection of activities that teach scientific principles through the lens of alternative fuel production. We continue to develop new labs and lessons in our Biodiesel Lab, but we also encourage teachers to submit their ideas to us. Please help us to build a library of biodiesel, alternative energy, and environmental sustainability labs.

Full Biodiesel Curricula (8 Labs)
Teacher Manual, Student Lab, Data Sheets, and Post Lab Questions Included
Updated: August 1, 2012 

Individual Labs:

Making Biodiesel from Virgin Vegetable Oil 
Topics: Making biodiesel, exothermic reactions, products, and reagents

Biodiesel from Waste Vegetable Oil and Titrations 
Topics: Utilizing waste cooking oil, titration (acid/base), neutralizing solutions

Making Liquid Soap - From Biodiesel Glycerin
Topics: Utilizing waste glycerin and controlling physical properties

Biofuel Life Cycle Analysis 
Topics: Diagram life cycles of ethanol and biodiesel then estimate/test/correct various process inputs

Combustion of Renewable and Fossil Fuel 
Topics: Emissions, completeness of combustion, and how matter is affected

Properties of Liquids - By Connie Doyle, Senn High School in Chicago, IL
Topics: Differentiate and identify density and viscosity

Biodiesel Viscosity 
Topics: How to identify and manipulate viscosity and its importance

Renewable Energy Debate 
Topics: Identify, evaluate, and debate types of renewable energy

Please e-mail us to learn more about the resources available through our program and feel free to contact us with any questions or ideas: zwaickm@luc.edu.


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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