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About Algae Academy
In 2015, the Algae Foundation launched the Algae Academy in response to the nationwide need for new science curriculum to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The FREE 5-day curriculum educates and excites students on the power of algae as a sustainable solution for several of the dilemmas facing our global community. Algae production will significantly reduce greenhouse gases, provide a sustainable source of biomass for food, and lead the path to homegrown commercial biofuels. Through algal education students learn practical applications of farming to produce a sustainable resource for human consumption.
As an exciting new topic, algae has proven to be an intriguing subject for science curriculum at all academic levels. The unique algae curriculum fulfills the human impact education component in the NGSS that requires students to be able to apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. Algae production is an ideal example of how we can minimize human impacts on water usage, land utilization, and pollution. New educational standards have increased the demand on educators to design and/or locate new lessons and methods of teaching.
The Algae STEM kits are tailored by age, with grade level specific objectives for elementary, middle, and high school classes. The goals for elementary education are to introduce students to algae as an organism, teach basic lab skills, and excite students on the interesting ways they interact with algae on a daily basis. For middle and high school students, the goals are 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 realworld applications. Students develop experiments, measure growth, analyze data, and make connections as to how algae production has a positive impact on the global environment. Students learn about the essential need for sustainable biofuel resources, concerns for future protein sources, and how algae can be a game-changing resource in developing countries.
The project model is unique in that algae and additional consumables are provided to Algae Academy teachers on an annual basis, ensuring that the curriculum becomes an established part of the school’s annual science education plan. The Algae Foundation is committed to partnering with teachers and developing algae-based STEM kits that meet the new Next Generation Science Standards in exciting and innovative ways that inspire students and their families as well as teachers and their teams.
“In the 2018-2019 academic year, the Algae Academy reached over 20,000 students in 34 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico.”
The Foundation’s Algae Academy committee is comprised of twelve members based throughout the United States. Committee members include professionals from the following organizations:
Algae Biomass Organization
Cal-Cab at the University of California, San Diego
Carlsbad Unified School District
Global Algae Innovations
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Qualitas Health, Inc.
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
For additional information on the Algae Academy please contact:
Marissa Nalley, The Algae Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org