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Education material for primary and secondary schools

The Green Revolution is a project aimed at Danish primary and lower secondary school students developed by MSc student in Engineering in Biotechnology at the Tecnical University of Denmark (DTU), Kristian Ejlsted, in collaboration with, among others, Copenhagen Plant Science Centre.

The project investigates how algae can be used as effective production organisms in order to produce foodstuff, medicine and biofuels for future generations of inhabitants on our planet, who are faced with an increasing lack of natural resources.

The project is divided into four cases:
1. The Blue Revolution 
- How microalgae can play a part in producing enough fish for future generations and conserve those fish that already exist.   
2. Algae fuels from waste water
- An illustration of how algae can contribute to waste water treatment and make this process more sustainable and CO2-neutral.
3. Cancer medicine from algae
- How interesting enzymes are produced in genetically modified microalgae to be used in medicine, cosmetics and foodstuff.
4. Superalgae save the climate
- How researchers have modified microalgae to produce dihydrogen, which can be used for the production of electricity and heating for the world's population.

Besides these four cases, the project consists of an introductory chapter on algae in general and one of the basic, yet most fascinating processes found in nature - photosynthesis.

A chapter on GMOs (genetically modified organisms) is important to cover, especially when working with cases 3 and 4. This chapter is complemented by a chapter on the ethics of working with GMOs.

A concrete experiment developed in collaboration with Copenhagen Plant Science Centre, Algae drops and photosynthesis can be ordered in full for use in school science laboratories.

Download the full description of educational materials here.