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Sweet Sweet Energy

Lesson 2304 Exploring MichiganScience 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade Aired Week of 10/31/2022
Sweet Sweet Energy

This lesson will explore the phenomenon of maple sap production in the Great Lakes, as it pertains to chemical energy storage and transfer, in contrast with mechanical energy storage and transfer in wind turbines. Students will model the production of maple syrup from sap by making simple syrup and perform a distillation experiment with cola.

  • Know how climate change can affect maple syrup production
    Understand how maple sap is an energy source for trees and syrup is produced from it
    Be able to use the laboratory technique of distillation to separate the components of cola