This course is a hands-on exploration of cellular biology and chemical reactions that occur in an organism’s cells. Specific attention is paid to energy acquisition and use in organisms, ecosystems, and the environment. Students compare energy sources for plants and animal cells with renewable and non-renewable energy use by humans. Specific aspects to CTE include an understanding of energy types, calculations, and how energy is derived from natural and man-made sources, as well as understanding the impact of environmental laws and regulation that affect the energy industry and its role in maintaining sustainability of our natural world. Throughout the course, students identify and describe careers, certifications, and postsecondary education and training requirements to pursue a variety of environmental and energy-related fields.

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