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The Culturing of Algae

Note: the Algae as a Biofuel curriculum was developed and copyright owned by Drs. Ken Reid, Deb Gallagher and Robert Verb from Ohio Northern University.  The material found here may be used with permission only. We encourage anyone interested in using the curriclum or any parts of the curriculum to contact Dr. Ken Reid at k-reid@onu.edu.  Thank you!

This page is the main navigation page through "The Culturing of Algae" the second module of the "Algae as a Biofuel" curriculum. Click on the Unit to navigate through individual lessons.

Click here for an overview of the curriculum

Unit
Day
Activity

0:  Review

1

Review findings from previous module: includes Algae Jeopardy (0.0_jeopardy_review.ppt)

1: Design of Experiments

2

Design of Experiments (DOE)

1: Design of Experiments

3

DOE using Taguchi

1: Design of Experiments

4

DOE; Taguchi: factor with greatest effect

1: Design of Experiments

5

DOE; Taguchi: factor with greatest effect (cont)

2: Mesocosms: small & large

6

Goals of cultivating

Set up small tanks

3: Algae & the Environment

7

Photosynthesis & the Energy Cycle

3: Algae & the Environment

8

Water Chemistry and the Nutrient Cycle

2: Mesocosms (small)

9

Tank Observations

3: Algae & the Environment

10

Research Variables

3: Algae & the Environment

11

What is pH?

3: Algae & the Environment

12

Algae Water Quality Lab: Field

3: Algae & the Environment

13

Algae Water Quality Lab: Lab

2: Mesocosms (small)

14

Tank Observations

3: Algae & the Environment

15

Biotic and Abiotic

3: Algae & the Environment

16

Contamination

2: Mesocosms (large)

17

Initial large tank set-up

2: Mesocosms (large)

18

Large tank set-up

2: Mesocosms (large)

19

Tank Observations

5: Field Trips

20

Field trip: Water Treatment Plant

2: Mesocosms (large)

21

Presentations

2: Mesocosms (large)

22

Presentations

2: Mesocosms (large)

23

Challenge: Which group can produce the most biomass?

Design of large tanks

2: Mesocosms (large)

24

Set up outside laboratory

2: Mesocosms (large)

25

Set up outside laboratory

2: Mesocosms (large)

26

Field collection

2: Mesocosms (large)

27

Lab analysis of field collection

4: Biofuels

28

Biofuels

In jigsaw groups

4: Biofuels

29

Biofuels

5: Field trips

30

Field trip: Univenture or other bioreactor

4: Biofuels

31

Biofuels

Prepare presentations

4: Biofuels

32

Biofuels

Presentations

6: Careers

33

Career research / guest speaker(s)

6: Careers

34

Career research / guest speaker(s)

6: Careers

35

Career research / guest speaker(s)

6: Careers

36

Career research / guest speaker(s)

2: Mesocosms (large)

37

Tank Observations

2: Mesocosms (large)

38

Collect samples from tanks; evaporate water

2: Mesocosms (large)

39

Weigh samples collected from tanks

Results & clean up

40

7: Standards

This material was developed by faculty of Ohio Northern University for use with Upper Sciota Valley schools; the material may be used only with permission of the authors.


Last updated: 7/22/2010
© 2010, Ohio Northern University: Dr. Debra Gallagher, Dr. Robert Verb, Dr. Kenneth Reid and Ben McPheron