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Students get hands-on experience as they investigate the processes of photosynthesis and respiration in response to a range of environmental conditions.

To do this, students will employ an experimental apparatus consisting of algal cells immobilised in an algal gel that enables CO2 consumption to be measured and use Microsoft Excel to process and analyse their data.

Program Variations:

2 Hour Program:

Students work in teams to perform a respiration measurement experiment and discuss how this could be used as a model for a SAC.

3 Hour Program:

Students work in teams to perform a respiration measurement experiment and then independently attempt a photosynthesis experiment.

5 Hour Program:

Students prepare their own alginate balls for use in two experiments. They work in teams to perform a respiration measurement experiment and then independently attempt a photosynthesis experiment.

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