Relating abstract math concepts to real world career applications can be a big challenge. BBEP engagement activities provide context for math concepts by showing students a multitude of careers in the bioenergy and bioproducts industries that use math skills. Hands on and Minds-on activities provide math and graphing exercises and ideas for expansion for students wanting in-depth projects.

    Our curriculum brings Math exercises and extension ideas into the following eight focus areas relating the emerging Bioeconomy workforce skills to Math skills in these job sectors:

    • Sustainability
    • Systems Thinking
    • Biomass production and logistics
    • Liquid Biofuels (transportation)
    • Biomass for heat (warmth)
    • BioPower (electricity)
    • BioProducts (industrial chemicals and natural products)
    • Environmental Impacts, Policy & Economics

    Many careers in the biobased economy use math every day. Here’s a brief sampling of experts needed in the emerging Biobased economy that use math in their jobs:

    • Natural Resource Economists
    • Environmental Engineers
    • Environmental Scientists
    • Architects
    • HVAC, Building Systems Engineers
    • Transportation logistics experts
    • Computer programers
    • Systems Engineer
    • Chemical Engineers
    • Mechanical Engineers
    • and more

    Bioenergy in the Mathematics Classroom