Alternative Fuels


Level: 2


  • Explain the difference between a conventional fossil fuel and an alternative fuel?
  • Briefly describe each of the following alternative fuels and their benefits:
    • Algae-based fuel
    • Bio-alcohol
    • Biodiesel
    • Hydrogen
    • Electricity
    • Ethanol
    • Liquid Nitrogen
    • Methanol
    • Natural Gas
    • Non-fossil Methane
    • Nuclear Power
    • Propane
    • Vegetable oil
  • Discover at least three reasons why alternative fuels are important?
  • What are some advantages and disadvantages of alternate fuels?
  • Illustrate through drawings, sketches or photographs the elements that make up natural gas.
  • Explain the difference between compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas?
  • Draw the steps or view an electronic animation that illustrates the alternate fuel conversion process as used in the automobile industry.
  • Describe how a propane vehicle operates.
  • Discuss with a group the importance of finding alternative fuel methods.
  • Do two of the following individually or as a group:
    • Visit a facility that produces an alternative fuel of your choice. Prepare and give an oral presentation on your activity.
    • Create a science project demonstration that illustrates how an alternative fuel can be used.
    • Have someone who works in the alternative fuels industry come and speak to you or your group.
    • Calculate and demonstrate cost savings for modern alternative fuel/hybrid vehicles. Demonstrate your finding through a presentation, display or verbal report.
  • Discuss with a group the following texts as they relate to alternative fuels. Note: This is an open question designed to allow pathfinders to think freely with the guidance of an instructor.
    • Psalm 24:1
    • Colossians 1:16-17
    • John 1:3

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