C6 BioFarm

About UsC6 BioFarm

C6 BioFarm is a game suite designed for middle school classrooms in STEM and agriculture based subjects. Lesson plans and career videos are available to supplement the iPad app.
Learning topics include carbon, agricultural production, bioenergy, and STEM careers.
Learn more about C6 BioFarm's goals here!

Where Do I?

  • Check out the iPad game on the Apple app store
  • Learn more about careers in STEM fields on our YouTube channel
  • Give us feedback by taking a short survey
  • Like C6 BioFarm on Facebook
  • Join the conversation on Twitter
  • Interested in learning more about C6 BioFarm? Email Jay Staker (jstaker@iastate.edu) for more information!


Download C6 BioFarm

In the Classroom

Teaching Materials

C6 BioFarm Curriculum Lesson Plans

Prefix:  Curriculum Overview (includes ideas for use in 4-H programs!)
Lesson 1: What and Where is Carbon?
Lesson 2: Agriculture Production and Its Environmental Impacts
Lesson 3: Biomass Conversion
Lesson 4: Environmental Impacts
Lesson 5: STEM Careers
Lesson 6: The Triple Bottom Line
Appendix: Additional Resources (Online Resources and Paper Version of C6 BioFarm Game)
To utilize the complete curriculum, including inter-document links, download the folder containing all lesson plans by clicking on Options in the widget below and choosing Download.



Why Is There a Curriculum?

C6 BioFarm was created by a USDA research grant to research how to make switchgrass an economical, social, and environmentally friendly feedstock to create a new bioenergy. When the grant was being created, it was realized that youth needed to be taught about the importance of creating a new carbon based bioeconomy, such as energy from switchgrass, corn, or soybeans.
All lessons are now available on our website! In addition to lesson plans, don't forget to download C6 BioFarm, which is directly related to the curriculum!

Careers in STEM

Learn more about careers in STEM by watching videos about the careers!

C6 Paper Game

Don't have an Apple or Android tablet? You can still play the paper version of C6 BioFarm!
C6 BioFarm Paper Game

What is Carbon?

Teach your students about old and new carbon by playing a drag and drop game!
PowerPoint presentation is also available to learn more about carbon.

Additional Teaching Tools

Superhero C6 is available as a wall decal for your classroom!

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In the Media

2015 Iowa State Fair

Earth Day

C6 BioFarm Hackathon

2014 Iowa State Fair

Learn More About Our Sponsors:

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach programs are available to all without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability. "4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills as they work in partnership with caring adults."
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CenUSA Bioenergy: Project supported by grant no. 2011-68005-30411 (USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture). "CenUSA Bioenergy is a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) sponsored, research project investivating the creation of a Midwestern sustainable biofuels and bioproducts system." (Learn More)
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Iowa NSF EPSCoR: This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number EPS-1101284. "Iowa’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is aimed at building research capacity and increasing competitiveness for the State of Iowa through investments in infrastructure and human capital. EPSCoR provides support for key research areas at Iowa’s Regents Institutions, while establishing partnerships with the state’s community colleges, private colleges, school districts, government agencies and industries. The ultimate goal is to stimulate lasting research infrastructure improvements for the State of Iowa."