Register with GEF for FREE to enjoy these great benefits! 

    • member only contests and raffles

    • sustainability program news and updates

    • significant discounts at GEF Institute

Note: If you have problems registering, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

JOIN GEF NOW!

Taking a GEF Institute Course? Login by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

Join Us

Sign Up for GEF's National Green Week 2014!
Please note: Your privacy is very important to GEF. We do not share or sell any of your data.  It is with the sole purpose of providing you with relevant information that GEF will contact you.
Login/SignUp

Welcome to the Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Here, you can find free sustainability lessons to use in your class and upload your own lessons to share. Be sure to rate the lessons you use and leave comments for your colleagues!

All of GEF's lessons and programs are offered at no cost.  Become a member to support GEF and enjoy member only benefits! 
Join button_03

Professional Development

GEFinstitute LOGO_WEB GEF Institute offers affordable, online sustainability courses eligible for professional development or academic credit.
Give your resume a boost!

Sponsor a Teacher

Support educators in your community by helping them earn a Certificate in Sustainability or take an online course. Find out more about sponsorship!
Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Biomass: Potato Power

Lesson Description:
Students assemble a potato battery that will power a digital clock. This shows the connection between renewable energy from biomass and its application.
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment
  • Group Work

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
30-40 minutes
Materials Needed:
  • A potato
  • A paper plate 
  • Two pennies
  • Two galvanized nails
  • Three 8 inch insulated copper wire, with 2 inches of the insulation removed from the ends
  • A digital clock (with places for wire attachment)

School or Group:
The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Bp America Inc.
Contact Email:
service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf biomass_potato.pdf
Located in: Creativity

The Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse is brought to you in partnership with

Center for Green Schools