Artificial Photosynthesis: Mimicking Plants to Produce the Fuel of the Future

Trista Hartman, Biology, Providence High School

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Photosynthesis is a topic in science curricula that students have a difficult time conceptualizing due to the fact that it occurs inside a tiny organelle, the chloroplast. This curriculum unit addresses this obstacle by providing students with background information on photosynthesis, and then several hands-on labs in which they are required the measure the amount of photosynthetic activity occurring. This unit will also include strategies for relating photosynthesis to other energy production techniques we use to provide energy and electricity for everyday use. Students will conduct research into various methods of energy production and will discover how scientists today are attempting to mimic the process of photosynthesis through artificial photosynthesis, in order to create a new environmentally friendly and sustainable form of energy production.