The Algae Academy

The Algae Academy is a unique K-12 module that teaches the fundamentals of algae and how algae can be applied as a solution for today’s global dilemmas. This FREE 5-day STEM kit includes everything needed for students to grow algae in their classroom: daily lesson plans; laboratory supplies, live algae and the additional consumables needed to complete the curriculum. The Algae Academy served over 36,000 students nationwide in the 2019/2020 academic year.

The goal of the Algae Academy is to utilize algae as a tool to effectively meet the four disciplines of STEM in an interdisciplinary and applied approach through real world applications. Students will grow algae, develop experiments, measure growth, analyze data, and make connections on how algae production has a positive impact on the global environment.

For additional information or to be added to the waitlist to be contacted about the 2020/2021 application, please contact:

Marissa Nalley, Director of Programs and Operations at

Email: mnalley@thealgaefoundation.org

In 2015, The Algae Foundation launched the Algae Academy to educate and excite students on the power of algae as a sustainable solution for several of the dilemmas facing our global community.

The Foundation is committed to reaching teachers and students nationwide to provide this hands-on learning opportunity that will change the way they understand and interact with their environment on a daily basis. The Algae Academy committee is comprised of educators and algal industry professionals who are dedicated to providing adaptable curriculum that can easily be dropped into any K-12 classroom. The Algae Academy can be successful with small to large student bodies, general science to AP classes, homeschool collaboratives and beyond!


Alignment with NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDs (NGSS)

The Algae Academy curriculum fulfills the human impact education component in the Next Generation Science Standards that requires students be able to apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing human impact on the environment. Algae production is an ideal example of how we as a population can minimize human impacts on water usage, land utilization, and pollution.

New educational standards have increased the demand on educators to design innovative lessons and methods of teaching. The Algae Foundation is committed to partnering with teachers to provide STEM kits that meet these new education standards in an exciting and innovative way to inspire students and their families, as well as teachers and their teams.

Algae Academy 5-Day Curriculum


The Algae Academy curriculum is age specific with different objectives for elementary, middle, and high school classes.

  • The goal for elementary education is to introduce students to algae as an organism and to excite them on the interesting ways they interact with algae on a daily basis.
  • For middle and high school students, the goal is to utilize algae as a tool to effectively meet the four disciplines of STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – in an interdisciplinary and applied approach through real-world applications.

Students will develop experiments, measure growth, analyze data and make connections on how algae production has a positive impact on the global environment. Students will learn about the essential need for sustainable resources, current concerns about future protein shortages, and how algae can be a game-changing resource in developing countries.