Educator Resources for Biofuels

There’s no doubt about it: Burning fossil fuels is bad for the planet. They emit gases that lead to pollution and global climate change, and our supply of them is guaranteed to run out. But scientists and engineers are developing new fuels that are completely renewable, and much healthier for the environment. They’re called biofuels, and in this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will tell you all about them! You’ll learn how organic materials like plants, vegetable oils, and even animal fat and waste grease can be converted into fuel, and how they may someday allow nations to become energy-independent. You’ll also hear about the benefits and drawbacks of two popular biofuels, ethanol and biodiesel. Finally, you’ll discover cutting-edge projects to make fuels out of things like non-edible plant parts and algae. How is all of this being accomplished? Click on the movie and find out!