The Waste to Energy teaching resource was envisioned as a way to catalyze novel pedagogy in the classroom for middle and high school students and foster STEM literacy in ways
that excite and engage those students.
The importance of renewable energy both environmentally and economically is becoming more apparent in the 21st Century, as are the skills
associated with in-demand industries. Workforce development in agriculture, energy, and
transportation is essential not only to solving our nation’s technological needs but is critical
to sustainable growth and domestic security.
The Waste to Energy resource represents a
way to introduce STEM concepts and skills, tied to workforce development, that prepares
students for both their future careers and to be good citizens making environmentally responsible choices.
The 11 Chapters contained within provide a number of hands-on, experiential learning activities focused on soybeans and the production of biodiesel, all of which
align to Ohio State Science and Agriculture teaching standards. This resource also gives a variety of strategies and tips for educators on how to effectively teach STEM concepts to
About the Authors
Dr. Nathan Tice is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences at the University of Findlay. During his career, he has been involved in a wide variety of research and teaching projects related to biofuels, renewable energy, and sustainable products. He currently resides in Findlay, Ohio with his wife and two children.
Gwynne S. Rife
Dr. Gwynne S. Rife, Professor of Biological Sciences and Education at the University of Findlay, continuously incorporates her expertise in marine science to teach and promote ocean literacy and stimulate interest in STEM education.
For more information:
Please contact Nathan Tice at [email protected] or Gwynne S. Rife at [email protected].