The BLOOM School Box
The BLOOM School Box is a collection of bioeconomy related teaching resources which educators can use to introduce the concept of bioeconomy in their classrooms as a trigger to raise student interest in science subjects and their awareness of important societal challenges. The basis of the BLOOM School Box are five innovative learning scenarios, created and tested in classrooms by the 20 BLOOM expert teachers from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. These Future Classroom Scenarios were developed using the Future Classroom Toolkit methodology (http://fcl.eun.org/toolkit).
Bloom your school with your biofuel and soap lab Link to the resource: Click here Teachers: Sweden & Greece Subjects covered: Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Technology and Arts Age of students: 13 - 16 years old This learning scenarios aims at an overarching understanding of bioeconomy by connecting everyday life examples to the topic at hand, then developing further into an entire project. First, learners create a poster on bio-based products they found in the market. Then, they are involved in experimental laboratory work. Students conduct three experiments, collect data and make conclusions according to the instructions given in three worksheets: • 1st Experiment: Making your Biodiesel • 2nd Experiment: Testing your Biodiesel • 3rd Experiment: Making your Soap Finally, students produce a 1-minute-long creative advertisement.
Examining the thermal properties of bio-based building materials Link to the resource: Click here Teachers: Poland & Austria Subjects covered: Physics (standard and higher level), Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology Age of students: 16 – 19 years old This learning scenario connects bioeconomy to temperature and heat flow.The learning scenario is divided into three lessons. The first lesson, Knowledge Café, aims to provide a definition on bio-economy. The second lesson, Experimental Laboratory, aims to introduce students to thermal insulation. Students will undertake experiments to investigate the thermal insulation of bio-based and non-bio-based building materials. The third lesson, Mathematical Analysis in PC-Lab aims to teach students how to conduct empirical analysis using suitable mathematical techniques.
Building a new environmental Future Link to the resource: Click here Teachers: Portugal & Israel Subjects covered: Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Geology, Natural Science Age of students: Adaptable for different levels and ages, primary and secondary. • For younger students (13 -15 years old) • For older students (15 -17 years old) This learning scenario is divided into three parts. The first part introduces bioeconomy. After watching a short clip about bioeconomy, students receive different objects that they have to categorize according to them being bio-based or non-bio-based. The second part involves finding ways to use different energy sources with minimal waste. For older students, this part can also include a visit to a local industry. The third part for younger students involves planning an exhibition or science fair; for older students: planning a science project, together with local stakeholders.
Growing plastic and new life for plastic Link to the resource: Click here Teachers: Belgium & Italy Subjects covered: Biology, Technology, Engineering, Environmental Education, Chemistry, Statistics Age of students: 11-18 years old This learning scenario tackles the issue of plastic pollution and aims to familiarize students with bioplastic. First, students analyse pictures about plastic pollution. The teacher follows up with a discussion. Then, the class identifies a solution: biopolymers. Students investigate bioplastics and their properties. Students work in the lab: during this activity, students make plastic from potato starch and other foods. Then, students investigate the effect that adding a ‘plasticiser’ has on the properties of the polymer that they make. Finally, the class creates a 3D model, using a 3D printer.
How poop will change the world Link to the resource: Click here Teachers: Croatia & Spain Subjects covered: Physics, Chemistry and Biology Age of students: 13-15 years old or 10-12 years old. This learning scenario aims to engage younger students in the topic energy and ways we can produce energy. First, this lesson starts with a discussion about energy and about the production of energy in the future (including human waste and animal waste). Secondly, students listen to a lecture about bioeconomy. Then, they engage in an exercise: the creation of a brochure about fossil fuels, biomass and renewable energy sources. Then, they present their findings and their brochures. Finally, there is a quiz about energy and bioeconomy.