Experiences with a hands-on activity to enhance learning in the classroom

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In this article, the author's experiences with a bio-energy hands-on activity to enhance learning are presented. The study described here was the design and implementation of a laboratory activity to assist teachers in achieving their teaching objectives. The activity combines biomass energy and bio-ethanol knowledge; exploring voltage polarity; ethanol fuel consumption; exploring the effect of varying fuel concentrations; creating electricity with different types of alcohol; exploring the effects of temperature; data summary; and developing instructional materials. These laboratory processes were introduced in a Taiwanese junior high school. The processes effectively introduced students to bio-energy technology through hands-on activity. The objective of the activity was for students to gain, not only an understanding of the concept of energy education, but greater confidence in investigating, questioning and experimenting with renewable energy ideas. This hands-on activity proved effective in introducing students to the concept of bio-energy via activity evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-90
Number of pages5
JournalWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1

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  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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