U of C pilots program that puts bioreactors in classrooms
Sept. 14, 2017 - Researchers in the Energy Bioengineering Group at the University of Calgary are bringing bioreactors into Grade 5 classrooms with a new program aimed at getting students interested in science and clean energy.
The educational program, called Fixing the Atmosphere, was piloted last spring. For three weeks students are tasked with operating and taking care of the bioreactors, which grow algae biomass from carbon dioxide.
“It really sparked their minds to thinking about science. We took a lot from the students’ questions to help us continue developing the program,” research assistant Karen Cañon-Rubio said in a UToday article. “It was as much of a learning experience for us as it was for them,” Urquhart adds.
The group hopes to grow the program to include 10 schools by spring next year.