Development of Materials for Teaching Sustainability Using Biomass-Derived Resources


Guar and guayule are two crops with potential for large-scale production in the arid Southwest. The target products are natural rubber, resin (for commodity chemicals), and bagasse (for liquid fuels) from guayule, and guar gum (emulsifier), guar meal (animal feed) and bagasse (for liquid fuels) from guar. This project is part of a larger USDA-funded and University of Arizona-led coordinated agricultural project with research, extension, outreach and education components. Part of the education and outreach components are the identification, modification, development and implementation of curricula and activities for students in K-12.

Completion Objectives:

  • Find activities and materials designed for teaching students in grades K-12 about renewable energy, agriculture in arid regions, biomass-derived products, biofuels, and sustainability.
  • Sort and annotate materials based on length of time, grade level(s), topics, placement in a curriculum, learning objectives, and modifications to adapt activities to arid regions.  
  • Coordinate with students and faculty at NMSU and University of Arizona for compiling materials on shared website and attending meetings.

Faculty Adviser:

  • Brewer

Required Competencies

  • CHME 102, CHEM 116, PHYS 215, BIOL 211G

Student Researcher:

  • Esai Lopez
  • Sarah Fox

Work Products:

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