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West Central Area Secondary Tours CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Twenty-five students from West Central Area Secondary School in Barrett visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) this morning to learn about about renewable energy production. The students, from grades 10 to 12, toured the various stages and processes of ethanol production at CVEC, which produces 50 million gallons

October 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Morris Area High School Tours CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty students from Morris Area High School toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) today to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy.  “We are always happy to give tours of our plant and explain how the ethanol industry benefits consumers, local farmers and the environment,” said

October 9, 2019 Read Full Article

NRHEG High School Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Associati0n) “We were pleased to welcome NRHEG to our plant to see firsthand how clean Minnesota-grown ethanol is produced. These tours seek to showcase ethanol’s many environmental and economic benefits,” said Jeanne McCaherty, CEO of Guardian Energy. During the tour, the students, from the high school’s Ag Power/Electricity class

September 30, 2019 Read Full Article

New Ulm High School Tours Heartland Corn Products

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Ten students from New Ulm High School toured Heartland Corn Products today to learn about clean renewable Minnesota energy. “We were pleased to welcome New Ulm High School today. These tours provide us with the opportunity to show students how Minnesota-produced ethanol displaces harmful greenhouse gas emissions, benefits

September 25, 2019 Read Full Article

Back-to-School Resouces from Advanced Biofuels USA

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Looking for resources as you teach or research class projects about climate change mitigation or sustainability?  Take a look at what Advanced Biofuels USA has to offer.  Complete slide presentations.  Easy-to-navigate topics of research from Algae to Zeolites by way of Biorefineries, Feedstocks, Green

September 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Energypath 2019 in Review

(Sustainable Energy Fund) Energypath 2019 was held at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA on Thursday, July 25th, 2019. More than 240 industry and aspiring industry professionals attended the conference to learn about the future of energy financing from nationally recognized energy industry experts. The conference was preceded by a series of

August 21, 2019 Read Full Article
    USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo   —   April 23-26, 2020   —   Washington, DC

USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo — April 23-26, 2020 — Washington, DC

Celebrating 10 years! The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo returns to Washington, DC on April 25-26, 2020 kicking off with Sneak Peek Friday on April 24 and X-STEM on April 23. Our mission is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry DEADLINE: October 11, 2019

(American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Initiative)  This annual green chemistry award sponsors the participation of students (high school, undergraduates, and graduate students) residing in the U.S. to attend an American Chemical Society (ACS) technical meeting, conference, or training program, having a significant green chemistry or sustainability component. The applicant must

August 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Team Brad and Biobug

(National Biodiesel Education Program/University of Idaho) Adventure Awaits!  After aliens invade, the earth is pretty bleak…that is, until deliverymen Brian and Chad (Team Brad) get a mysterious package with a clue to stop the intruders! Join Team Brad and their talking biodiesel car, Biobug, on an exciting road trip where biofuels may

August 15, 2019 Read Full Article

Tulane Researcher Working to Turn Waste to Fuel Wins NSF Career Award

by Barri Bronston  (Tulane University)  Nicholas Sandoval’s lab at Tulane works on the development and application of advanced synthetic biology tools for microbes and other model cell lines for the purpose of therapeutics and sustainable fuel and chemical production. — Nicholas Sandoval, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Tulane

August 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Algae Technology Educational Consortium Prepares Students for Careers in Algae Cultivation and Technologies

by Jonathan Male (U.S. Department of Energy)  Algae is a fast-growing industry that needs a skilled workforce of scientists, researchers, and engineers to advance algae technology and the commercialization of algal products to support the bioeconomy. With funding from the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office

July 22, 2019 Read Full Article
    UN Youth Climate Action Summit 2019  —   September 21, 2019   —   New York, NY

UN Youth Climate Action Summit 2019 — September 21, 2019 — New York, NY

(United Nations)  Young leaders from around the world are convening on Saturday, September 21 to showcase climate solutions and engage with global leaders on the defining issue of our time.  The UN Youth Climate Summit is a platform for young leaders who are driving climate action to showcase their solutions at

July 12, 2019 Read Full Article

How One School Is Getting Kids Fired up about Climate Solutions

by Zoe Saylor (Gist)  … As the middle school humanities coordinator for Lowell School in Washington, D.C., she (Natalie Stapert) was tasked with coming up with a 6th-grade humanities curriculum that could bear the sisyphean burden of capturing tweens’ attention while meeting the school’s learning goals in literature, politics, and geography.

June 28, 2019 Read Full Article

“P-O-W-E-R We’ve Got the Power, Because We Are with YEA! MN!”

(Climate Generation)  Youth in the climate movement made waves across the globe this school year, and Minnesota youth working with Climate Generation played a big part. Our approach is to organize for power, recognizing the importance of putting relationships at the center, and in doing so, we made great strides and

June 21, 2019 Read Full Article

Start It Up! Cheering for Biodiesel in Hazleton Area School

by Sarah Buynovsky (WNEP)  It was an exciting Friday morning for biology students at Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences.  “I love this project, I love it. I live for seeing the students really getting involved and getting excited about getting to use the lab equipment,” said lab assistant Stephen Pyle as he

June 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Children May Be the Key to Getting Their Parents to Acknowledge Climate Change

(Our Daily Planet)  Throughout the past year, young people like Greta Thunberg, a Swedish 16-year-old, have been gaining the attention of adults around the world on the issue of climate change. Not only has this encouraged legislative bodies like the British Parliament to declare climate change an emergency but it’s also forced parents

June 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Dawson Boyd High School Tours Granite Falls Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty students from Dawson Boyd High School visited Granite Falls Energy yesterday in Granite Falls to learn about homegrown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes of ethanol production at Granite Falls Energy, which produces 64 million gallons of ethanol a year.

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Heron Lake Bioenergy Hosts Worthington High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirteen students from Worthington High School visited the Heron Lake Bioenergy ethanol plant today to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. During the tour, the students learned about incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage, dried distiller grain production and storage, liquefaction and ethanol

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Austin High School Tours Al-Corn Clean Fuel

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-seven high school students toured the Al-Corn Clean Fuel ethanol plant in Claremont on Wednesday, May 22 to gain a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The students, from Austin High School, toured the various processes of ethanol production at the 125 million gallon-a-year facility. “By getting a

June 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Thune Discusses Climate Change and Other Questions with Sioux Falls High Schoolers

by Jackie Hendry (SDPB Radio)  U.S. Senator John Thune made a classroom visit to New Tech High School in Sioux Falls. In January, students wrote letters to South Dakota’s congressional delegation, and Thune took them up on the invitation. He also answered a variety of student questions—most centering on climate change,

May 14, 2019 Read Full Article

Going Green on a Budget: Lessons Taught and Learned at the Green Neighbor Festival

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Coal powers the GM Bolt with West Virginia license plates parked in the EV section at Frederick Maryland’s Green Neighbor Festival, explained the enthusiastic owner.  Actually, it’s his wife’s car.  His is the Volt (with a “V”).  He and his WVA extended family have

May 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Pierz Healy High School Tours Central Minnesota Renewables

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Forty-seven students from Pierz Healy High School toured Central Minnesota Renewables (CMR) in Little Falls yesterday to learn more about clean Minnesota-produced renewable chemicals.  “We were pleased to welcome Pierz Healy High School to our plant to learn about locally produced bio-based chemicals. Tours like this are an

April 30, 2019 Read Full Article

French Amusement Park Teaches Kids about Climate Change

(Our Daily Planet)  … While climate change can be a difficult subject to discuss with kids (there’s not a lot of good news), not doing so leaves kids woefully unprepared to understand the planet they will inherit. That’s why a children’s amusement park in Poitiers, France has made its mission to

April 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Education Critical to Ensuring Rural Growth

by Kelly Manning (Ethanol Producer Magazine/Growth Energy)  Educating students key to rural development and growth.  —  … And as I grew older and traveled around the country witnessing the new role of technology in agriculture and improvements in conservation, I saw firsthand that we needed to do a better job educating our

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Study of Sorghum-Munching Aphids Earns NSF Award

(University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources)  … University of Nebraska–Lincoln entomologist Joe Louis is investigating ways to help sorghum naturally resist sugarcane aphids, the crop’s most damaging pest in the United States. Louis earned a five-year, $1.5 million Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation to

April 26, 2019 Read Full Article

Most Teachers Don’t Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did

by Anya Kamenetz  (KNKX/NPR)  More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. And that support crosses political divides, according to the results of an exclusive new NPR/Ipsos poll: Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and 9 in 10 Democrats agree that the

April 24, 2019 Read Full Article

Growth Energy, NAAE Release Curriculum to Promote Biofuels Education in the Classroom

(Growth Energy)  Growth Energy, in partnership with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), announced the release of their new curriculum aimed at educating high school students to the world of biofuels. The curriculum is the first industry-supported biofuels curriculum that provides students a guided in-classroom experience and will offer ag educators the tools needed

April 19, 2019 Read Full Article

St Peter High School Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Fourteen students from St Peter High School toured Guardian Energy in Janesville this morning to learn about homegrown renewable fuel production. During the tour, the students, who were from the school’s plant science class, learned about several components of ethanol production including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation,

April 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Students Learn About Ethanol Production at Heartland Corn Products

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-seven students from Central High School in Norwood Young America visited Heartland Corn Products in Winthrop yesterday to get a closer look at how clean, homegrown renewable fuels are produced. The students, from the school’s Small Gas Engines class, toured the various processes of ethanol production at Heartland

April 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Minnewaska High School Tours CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-two high school students from Minnewaska High School toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) on April 5 to gain a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The students, from grades 9-12, toured the various process of ethanol production at CVEC, which has an annual output of 50 million

April 8, 2019 Read Full Article

BC Green Games Are Back!

(BC Green Games)  BC Green Games is a digital eco-storytelling contest designed to closely link with BC’s new curriculum while supporting teachers and promoting place-based environmental education. Our project-style contest offers teachers and students a 21st century learning opportunity in scientific exploration, storytelling, campaigning and policy development. Teams document and share their

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

City of Surrey Develops Biofuels Education Program at Surrey Biofuel Facility

(City of Surrey)  Orgaworld and the City of Surrey are committed to increasing the awareness of waste management and sustainable living through education, early adoption and applied research. In addition to a visit to our on-site Education Centre, we encourage exploration of the wide range of available materials that map to

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Cedar Mountain High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   Twenty-eight students from Cedar Mountain High School toured Highwater Ethanol in Lamberton on March 27 to learn more about ethanol production.  “We were pleased to welcome Cedar Mountain High School’s students to get a first-hand look at how clean Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced. “During the tour, they

April 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Minneota High School visits Carbohydrate Solutions

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twelve students from Minneota High School visited the Archer Daniels Midland Company’s Carbohydrate Solutions plant in Marshall on Wednesday, March 27 to get a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The students, all 12th graders, toured the various production process areas at ADM Carbohydrate Solutions, which included ethanol

March 29, 2019 Read Full Article

The Kids of March Are on Strike

by Kelsey Tamborrino (Politico’s Morning Energy)   Youth activists concerned by the threat of climate change will skip class across more than 100 countries today to call for greater climate action. The U.S. effort is inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, who held weekly strikes to protest outside the Swedish

March 15, 2019 Read Full Article

The Energy 202: A Wave of State Bills Could Threaten Science and Climate Education

by Paulina Firozi (Washington Post)  State lawmakers from Connecticut to Florida are proposing measures that some groups say could threaten how science and climate change are taught in the classroom. More than a dozen such bills have popped up this year, including from state lawmakers pushing back against broad scientific consensus that

March 14, 2019 Read Full Article

British Columbia City Converts Organic Waste into Biomethane

(Netzwerk Biotreibstoffe)  In British Columbia, Surry’s biofuel facility officially opened in spring after several years of planning. The $68 million facility is the first fully integrated closed-loop organic waste management system in North America. The facility will convert curbside organic waste into biomethane to fuel the city’s fleet of gas-powered waste

March 13, 2019 Read Full Article

Climate Generation Publishes Grade 6-8 Curriculum:  Innovation and Renewable Energy: A Humanities Module 

by Jenna Totz and Megan Van Loh (Climate Generation) We are thrilled to release a new climate change curriculum, co-produced with Lowell School! Innovation and Renewable Energy: A Humanities Module is a standards-based, interdisciplinary humanities module that uses the true story of William Kamkwamba — from The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by Bryan

March 4, 2019 Read Full Article

Planting The Seeds: Agricultural Organizations in Kansas and Ohio Have Programs Aimed at Ethanol Education, Training Teachers and Even Providing Funding to Ensure the Knowledge Is Passed on to Students.

by Matt Thompson (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For at least one student in James Burk’s engineering class at Trego County Community High School in WaKeeney, Kansas, ethanol is a passion. “I have them test different factors and kind of design their own recipe for how they would best produce a fermentation for

February 26, 2019 Read Full Article

EnergyPath 2019 Science Fair Application Open DEADLINE: June 28, 2019

Energypath is the region’s largest sustainable energy event, attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia throughout the region and across the United States. The goal of Energypath is to increase the knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy in the leaders of today and tomorrow. Energypath 2019 will be held July

February 19, 2019 Read Full Article
    iGEM Competition Registration to Open in February; iGEM Jamboree   —   October 31-November 4, 2019   —   Boston, MA

iGEM Competition Registration to Open in February; iGEM Jamboree — October 31-November 4, 2019 — Boston, MA

iGEM’s main program is the iGEM Competition. The iGEM competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. Made up of primarily university students, multidisciplinary teams work together to design, build, test, and measure a system of their own design

January 15, 2019 Read Full Article

A 14-Year-Old California Engineer Transformed Paper and Cotton Into Plastic

by Sarah Sloat (Inverse.com)  Jacqueline Prawira has competed in science fairs since she was in fourth grade. … That science fair was one of many competitions that eventually took Prawira to the nation-wide 2018 BROADCOM Masters tournament in Washington, D.C., where she showed off her work in creating biofiber plastics, created from paper,

January 8, 2019 Read Full Article

Little Falls High School Visits Central Minnesota Renewables

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Seventeen students from Little Falls High School visited the Central Minnesota Renewables (CMR) plant … to learn more about Minnesota’s bio-based chemical industry. During the tour, the students, from grades 9 to 12, learned about the various processes of acetone and butanol production at CMR, which is

December 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel-Powered Vehicles “Wrapped” Just in Time for Christmas

(National Biodiesel Board)  In keeping with the spirit of the season, five biodiesel users have unveiled new vehicle “wraps” that are helping to share their stories of sustainability and emissions reductions with area residents from Maine to the Midwest. “Our annual biodiesel vehicle wrap program provides matching funds to help biodiesel

December 19, 2018 Read Full Article

School of ExxonMobil: Algae Biofuel

(ExxonMobile)Discover the wonderful world of algae, along with a very inquisitive young scientist.  WATCH VIDEO

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

BBE High School Visits CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty students from Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) High School toured Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson this morning to learn about ethanol production. “School tours allow students a first-hand look at the ethanol production process and its role of advancing our local economy in addition to promoting our energy

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Springfield High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eighteen students from Springfield High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn more about homegrown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students, from grades 10 to 12, learned about the various processes in ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, which produces 59.5 million gallons a year. “By getting

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Milaca High School Tours Central Minnesota Renewables

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty students from Milaca High School toured the Central Minnesota Renewables (CMR) plant today to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable chemicals.  The students, who are from Milaca’s FFA chapter, were briefed on the various processes of bio-based chemical production such as acetone and n-butanol. “It’s

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Benson High School Tours CVEC

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Twenty students from Benson High School toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant today to get a better understanding of how clean homegrown renewable energy is produced. During the tour, the students learned about the different stages in ethanol production including incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation,

December 13, 2018 Read Full Article

Al-Corn Clean Fuel Support MN FFA

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Al-Corn Clean Fuel has been recognized by the Minnesota FFA Foundation for the company’s support of programing throughout southeast and southern Minnesota. The partnership between Al-Corn Clean Fuel and the Minnesota FFA Foundation allows for scholarship funds to assist 58 FFA chapters in select programs, including service projects.  READ MORE

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Diesel Technology Program Visits Ethanol Plant

(Niagara Frontier Publications)  The Diesel Technology students in Wes Blidy’s class recently toured the Western New York Energy facility in Medina. The facility is the first ethanol plant in the northeast United States. They are a locally owned company with a mission of developing the full potential of Western New York’s renewable energy

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

ABO Announces Six Winners of the Young Algae Researcher Awards at the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit

(Algae Biomass Organization)  Six student scientists were presented with this year’s Young Algae Researcher Awards for their contributions to fields of algae biology and engineering at the 2018 Algae Biomass Summit, held in The Woodlands, Texas Oct 14-17. The awards are presented at the annual conference to recognize  outstanding research projects by early-career scientists

October 31, 2018 Read Full Article

Red Rock Central High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Seventeen students from Red Rock Central High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn about their local ethanol facility’s business practices and economic footprint. The students, who were 12th graders from the school’s Ag Business class, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, which

October 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Sleepy Eye High School Tours Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Associati0n)  Twenty-eight students from Sleepy Eye High School’s Natural Resources class toured Highwater Ethanol in Lamberton yesterday to get a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. During the tour, the students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at the plant as well as potential career opportunities

October 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Climate Change in the Classroom: Climate Change Activities for Any Class (Parts 1-4)

(Climate Generation)  Climate change lessons and material doesn’t have to be isolated in science classes alone. This blog is number four of a four part series about the activities, lessons, and standards that teachers from various subject areas and grade levels are using to teach climate change in their classrooms. Content

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Crappie Masters Team Brings in Youth Winner

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  For the second year in a row, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) sponsored team in the Crappie Masters National Championship helped a young angler win a $1000 scholarship. This is also the second year that RFA has been co-title sponsor of the tournament trail that helps fuel knowledge of

September 29, 2018 Read Full Article

Marshall High School Tours ADM Corn Processing

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Twenty-two students from Marshall High School toured the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant today to get a better understanding of renewable fuel production. The students, who were from the school’s automotive repair and maintenance class, learned of the various processes of ethanol production at the 50 million gallon-a-year

September 25, 2018 Read Full Article

Green Careers for a Changing Climate-Documentary

(Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy)  Preview a clip from Green Careers for a Changing Climate, a new documentary from Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy that introduces students to Green STEM Careers as a solution to climate change. Funding for this project was provided by: General Mills, Target, Xcel Energy Foundation,

September 20, 2018 Read Full Article

“LabPats” “Lose Yourself” Video, Especially for Biologists, the iGEM Edition

LabPats (Carroll High School) Just some Syn. Bio nerds dropping some sick beats to the tune of Lose Yourself.  WATCH VIDEO   Editor’s note:  Insights gathered when working in a bio lab on a bacterial way to fight biofilm in biofuel storage tanks as part of the iGEM competition in collaboration

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Eliminating Biofilms in Biofuels: A Bacterial Approach

by Anna Bete, Yazmin Camacho, Jonah Carter, Jason Dong, Christopher Guptil, Max  Herrmann, Hayley Jesse, Peter Menart, Travis O’Leary, and Laura Polanka* (Carroll High School and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Air Force Research Laboratory)  With growing environmental concerns on the rise in recent years, more companies and individuals are becoming

September 18, 2018 Read Full Article

Agriculture Youth Benefit From GROWMARK Support

by Carrie Muehling (AgWired.com)  Illinois FFA State Officers including Treasurer Taylor Hartke helped to bring in the flags during a moving ceremony to open the GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Illinois FFA members joined FFA officers from Iowa and Wisconsin and 4-H youth from Ontario in marching in the 4-H

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article

Energy E3 to Build Innovation Center, Increase Access to Sustainable Energy in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

(U.S. Department of Energy)  It powers nearly every aspect of our daily lives, but in low- to middle-income countries, more than one billion people live without electricity. The issue is particularly overwhelming in sub-Saharan Africa where, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development, 600 million people — an estimated 70

September 14, 2018 Read Full Article
    Youth Climate Kickoff   —   October 13, 2018   —   St. Paul, MN

Youth Climate Kickoff — October 13, 2018 — St. Paul, MN

Save the date for this year’s Youth Climate Kickoff on October 13, from 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Central High School in St. Paul. High school youth from across the state are invited to meet other youth, build leadership skills, and plan actions for the fall. Learn about the latest projects

September 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Growth Energy, NAAE Partner to Celebrate Ag, Biofuels Education

(Growth Energy/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Sept. 20 is National Teach Ag Day, and Growth Energy is excited to partner with the National Association of Agriculture Educators to show our appreciation for all the ag teachers across the nation. This day is all about recognizing the importance of ag teachers in our schools and communities and

August 28, 2018 Read Full Article

National Biodiesel Education Program Tweets Video on University of Idaho Biodiesel Firsts

(University of Idaho National Biodiesel Education Program)  The goals of the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program as originally established in Sec. 9004 of the Farm Security Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8104) were to stimulate biodiesel consumption and to stimulate the development of a biodiesel infrastructure. The information and outreach activities

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Farm Camp Minnesota Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty children from Farm Camp Minnesota visited the Guardian Energy ethanol plant in Janesville yesterday to learn about renewable energy production. Farm Camp Minnesota is an annual one day event held in three different areas of the state that offers children in grades three to six a fun

August 15, 2018 Read Full Article

HAPPY WORLD BIOFUEL DAY! World Bio-Fuel Day 2018 Observed Globally

World Biofuel day to be observed on 10th August 2018 The World Bio-Fuel Day was observed across the world on August 10, 2018 with an aim to create awareness about non fossil-fuels (green fuels). The day highlights the importance of non-fossil fuels as alternative to conventional fossil fuels and highlights the

August 10, 2018 Read Full Article

The Horticulture Industry’s Age Problem Is Bigger than You Think

by Adrian Higgins (Washington Post) … And to state something so apparent it seems forgotten: Everyone needs plants. Plants feed us, oxygenate us, heal us, shade us and clothe us. Plants are the stuff of legal booze and illicit drugs, and, perhaps more obviously, they simply delight us. Despite this

August 9, 2018 Read Full Article

The EnergyPath toward Renewables

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) EnergyPath.  It’s like nothing else. Funded by a lawsuit settlement more than a decade ago, EnergyPath has become the region’s largest sustainable energy event, attracting industry professionals, policymakers, and academia from across the United States. Scholarships enable people with a wide range of interests

August 8, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

New Mexico Natural History Museum Launches Online Game to Grow Algae for Biodiesel

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest) In New Mexico, the state’s Museum of Natural History and Science has launched an online exhibition called Bio-AI that allows users to grow an algae crop—or fail and lose the crop—using an online game “Growing Green Goop” as a way to increase awareness about algae R&D in

August 7, 2018 Read Full Article

GLTS Receives $160,000 Grant from Baker-Polito Administration for Clean Energy Program

(Greater Lawrence Technical School)  Superintendent John Lavoie is pleased to announce that Greater Lawrence Technical School received a $160,000 grant from the Baker-Polito Administration to implement a clean energy program as part of their STEAM curriculum. GLTS is just one of three schools statewide to receive the allocation from the Massachusetts Clean

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Teachers Learn about Renewable Energy Production

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Teachers from a Minnesota Department of Agriculture program that toured Guardian Energy today are looking at incorporating renewable energy production into their respective curricula. Twenty-one teachers from the department’s Minnesota Agriculture In The Classroom program took part in a 75-minute tour of Guardian Energy to get an overview

July 31, 2018 Read Full Article

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition

(iGEM Foundation)  A pioneer in engineering biology.  —  The iGEM Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology, education and competition, and the development of an open community and collaboration. This is done by fostering an open, cooperative community and friendly competition. iGEM’s main program is

July 12, 2018 Read Full Article

A First-of-a-Kind Algal-based College Certificate Program Sends Off Its First Graduates

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO)-funded Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is proud to announce its first graduates from the algal certificate program at Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These first ATEC graduates received their Associate Applied Science Degree in Controlled Environment

June 27, 2018 Read Full Article

The Local School Which Makes Its Own Biofuel

by Francis Witsenhuysen  (Northern Star) Learning how to turn sugar cane into biofuel in primary school is one thing, but running the school’s lawnmower with biofuel is quite another. Yesterday, Empire Vale Public School raised the bar in innovation and sustainability by taking out the Northern Rivers Green Innovation Awards primary

June 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Supporting the Algae Foundation Now Easier Than Ever With New AmazonSmile Link

(Algae Biomass Organization)  … The Algae Academy provided 48 Algae STEM Kits to middle school classes in California, Michigan, and Ohio last year.  In 2018, our goal is to provide 150 kits to middle and high school classrooms nationwide.  Each kit serves up to 150 students and is provided completely free

May 30, 2018 Read Full Article

NCERC Hosts ‘Fueling Fun’ Workshop for Local Girl Scouts

(Southern Illinois University Edwardsville/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  More than 50 Brownies, Juniors, and parents from the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois learned about the benefits of biofuels, fermentation, and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during the “Fueling Fun” biofuels workshop at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center at Southern Illinois

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article
  Online Discussion: Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture   —   April 23-May 21   —   Online

Online Discussion: Partnerships, Innovations and Financing for Youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture — April 23-May 21 — Online

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) are organizing an online discussion on partnerships, innovations and financing opportunities available for young people in Africa to adopt CSA. The discussion will also highlight the role of mentorship, training

May 18, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network Formed

(Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network)  The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network is a group of volunteers (based in in the African continent and , also Asia, USA and Europe)- linked across the world via an online platform to share findings and seek advice for their practical projects – that have a

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

POET Ethanol Plant Plans Monarch Project

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  POET Biorefining is establishing a Monarch Fueling Station at its plant near Coon Rapids, Iowa. The Monarch Fueling Station Project was established by Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) in partnership with the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium in December 2017. The monarch habitat will span half an acre and seeding is expected

May 18, 2018 Read Full Article

St. James High School Visits Guardian Energy

(Minneapolis Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty seven students from St. James High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville today to learn more about homegrown renewable energy.  The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at the plant, which produces 130 million gallons of ethanol a year. “Ethanol is a

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Worthington High School Tours Heron Lake Bioenergy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Fifteen students from Worthington High School toured Heron Lake Bioenergy on May 1st to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy. The students, all 12th graders from the school’s senior agriculture class, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Heron Lake Bioenergy, which produces

May 10, 2018 Read Full Article

Theresa May Opens the UK’s ‘First’ Biomass Training Facility at Further Education College

(Bioenergy Insight)  Biomass company LC Energy has partnered with Berkshire College of Agriculture and Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the facility. The collaboration is an effort to address the nationwide skills shortage in the renewable energy sector. The opening of The Energy Centre at Berkshire College of Agriculture

May 8, 2018 Read Full Article

EnergyPath Student Science Fair Applications Open DEADLINE: June 29, 2018

EnergyPath 2018 has something for everyone: Learn about renewable technologies, energy efficiency techniques and start or expand your career in the energy industry with a crash course in sustainable energy.  Following the EnergyPath Energy Camps July 23-25, an Expo, Conference and Science Fair on July 26. DeSales University, Gerald White Conference Center

May 3, 2018 Read Full Article

Engage North American Youth to Prevent, Recover and Recycle Food Loss and Waste DEADLINE: May 3, 2018

(Commission for Environmental Cooperation) The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is requesting proposals from prospective consultants to work in collaboration with youth organizations and government to empower and motivate youth (ages 5-23) to participate in reducing the quantities of food lost and wasted in their communities, schools and homes. This

April 20, 2018 Read Full Article

Central High School Visits Heartland Corn Products

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty students from Central High School in Norwood Young America toured Winthrop’s Heartland Corn Products today to learn more about clean renewable Minnesota energy. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes in ethanol production at Heartland Corn Products, which produces 110 million gallons of ethanol

April 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Illinois Researchers Receive $1 Million to Study Bioenergy Crops

(Univeristy of Illinois)  The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced a grant for $1 million to support research led by a University of Illinois scientist. The research will address the need for better-adapted and higher-yielding biomass cultivars ready to plug into the biofuel supply chain in the

April 6, 2018 Read Full Article

Siouxland Ethanol Educates Tomorrow’s Drivers

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  Pam Miller, Board Chair and Director of Industry and Investor Relations for Siouxland Ethanol in Nebraska, recently visited a local fifth-grade classroom to educate the next generation of drivers about ethanol. Using the Renewable Fuels Association’s “Ethanol in the Classroom” curriculum as a guide, Miller says the students at Harney Elementary

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Mailings to Teachers Highlight a Political Fight Over Climate Change in the Classroom

by Katie Worth (Frontline/The Groundtruth Project)  Last spring, science teachers across the nation began receiving unsolicited packages containing classroom materials from a libertarian group that rejects the scientific consensus on climate change. This spring, some of the same teachers are opening packages containing very different materials: A book written by

April 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Medford High School Students Tour Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-seven students from Medford High School visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to gain a better understanding of clean Minnesota-produced renewable energy.  The students were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at the plant, which produces 130 million gallons of ethanol a year. “We appreciate the

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article
  Youth Climate Justice Summit 2018   —   April 25, 2018   —   St. Paul, MN

Youth Climate Justice Summit 2018 — April 25, 2018 — St. Paul, MN

Join Climate Generation for a day at the capitol! This is a chance for youth to experience first-hand how to participate in government and policy.  Meet with Governor Dayton and our MN Senators and Representatives to talk about why you care about climate change and social justice. Join together with youth

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Youth Convening Minnesota

(Climate Generation) Youth Convening Minnesota (YCM) is an opportunity for high school youth to learn about climate change and gain the leadership skills needed to convene their local community on climate change and inspire solutions. YCM is a seven-month leadership opportunity beginning in November 2017 and culminating in spring of

February 19, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

Ethanol Report on RFA Educational Efforts — 2nd Year of Crappie Masters and New Ethanol in the Classroom

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.org)  The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is targeting boaters and future drivers in educational efforts for 2018 with the renewal of its co-title sponsorship of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail, and the launch of an on-line Ethanol in the Classroom program.  In this edition of The Ethanol Report

January 30, 2018 Read Full Article

RFA Develops ‘Ethanol in the Classroom’ Program

by Cindy Zimmerman (Energy.AgWired.com)  The Renewable Fuels Association has developed a new on-line educational program designed to help tomorrow’s consumers get to know ethanol. The new “Ethanol in the Classroom” course provides a fun and interactive way for students to learn about the renewable fuel. The e-Learning program is broken down

January 26, 2018 Read Full Article

Turning Prawns into Plastic: Schoolgirl Angelina Arora Fights Science Stereotypes

by Liam Mannix (Sydney Morning Herald)  Angelina Arora was sitting in her local fish and chip shop looking at all the discarded fish waste. Piles of crab shells, prawn tails and fish heads. Kilos and kilos of it, all destined for the bin. There had to be a better way, the 15-year-old budding young

December 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Heartland Corn Products Host Sibley East High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-nine students from Sibley East High School in Arlington toured Winthrop’s Heartland Corn Products on Nov 14 to gain a better appreciation and understanding on local renewable fuel production. The high school students, from grades 9 to 12, learned about incoming grain grading, grain handling, fermentation, grain storage,

November 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

School District Achieves 20-Year Milestone with Biodiesel

(Diesel Technology Forum)  Medford Township Public Schools in Medford, N.J., this month celebrates the 20-year anniversary of its transition to cleaner-burning biodiesel in its school bus fleet. Medford is the nation’s longest continuous user of biodiesel in a student transportation fleet. The school district’s use of biodiesel has eliminated more than

November 21, 2017 Read Full Article

HTF – Siouxland Ethanol Tour

by Jacob Heller (KMEG14/Siouxland News)  … A group of students from a South Sioux City elementary got a chance to learn how ethanol is made this week, by taking a tour of Siouxland Ethanol, outside of Jackson, NE. “These are farmers that grow corn just around this area, about 50 miles

November 13, 2017 Read Full Article

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Explaining the value for high school students of a visit to a working biorefinery, Morris Area High School teacher Dylan Viss said, “Allowing my students to go on this tour enabled them to see and experience real-life, practical applications of the science and chemical processes highlighted in

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Morris Area High School Toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC)

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirty-five students from Morris Area High School toured the Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) plant today to get a better understanding of homegrown renewable fuel production. The students, from grades nine to 12, toured the various stages and processes of ethanol production at CVEC, which produces 50 million

November 6, 2017 Read Full Article

Volunteers Needed for Maryland Science Bowl Competition on Jan. 13

(Montgomery College)  Montgomery College will again host the Maryland High School Science Bowl Competition for 2018 on Jan. 13 at the Rockville Campus. The winner of this regional competition advances to the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.  Without the help of volunteers, science bowl competitions could not thrive. Accordingly,

November 3, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Cancelled for 2017-2018 School Year; Replaced by “Invite a Bioenergy Expert” Webinar Series

(U.S. Department of Energy)  … The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has experienced an overwhelming response to the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge. It has been exciting to see the topics that students have addressed and the creativity teams have shown in communicating and sharing their ideas with their social networks. We extend

October 31, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

RTR High School Tours ADM Corn Processing

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)   Twelve students from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (RTR) High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant on Sept 29 to learn about renewable energy production. The students, comprising of 10th to 12th graders, toured the various production process areas at ADM Corn Processing, which included ethanol production, the facility’s fructose

October 28, 2017 Read Full Article

The Tantrum That Saved The World: Carbon Neutral Kids’ Book–Kickstart Campaign

(World Saving Books)  Written in entertaining language kids can understand, this book explains climate change to kids and empowers them to act. … We looked for a kids’ book to help us discuss the issue of climate change and discovered… there wasn’t one. We realized we’d have to make one ourselves.  So we

October 17, 2017 Read Full Article

Highwater Ethanol Hosts Wabasso High School

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Sixteen students from Wabasso High School toured Highwater Ethanol today to learn more about home-grown renewable energy production. During the tour, the students learned about the various processes in ethanol production at Highwater Ethanol, which produces 59.5 million gallons a year. “We regularly host high school students at

October 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Minnesota Biodiesel Essay Scholarship Winners Announced

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  First- and second-place winners have been announced for the 2017 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay Scholarship, sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and administered by the American Lung Association in Minnesota. Kaci Gwilt of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, is the contest’s first-place winner. Gwilt,

October 4, 2017 Read Full Article

RTR High School Tours ADM Corn Processing

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twelve students from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton (RTR) High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant on Sept 29 to learn about renewable energy production. The students, comprising of 10th to 12th graders, toured the various production process areas at ADM Corn Processing, which included ethanol production, the facility’s fructose

October 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Red Rock Central High School Visits Highwater Ethanol

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Red Rock Central High School traveled across town on Sept 15 to visit Highwater Ethanol to learn about renewable energy production.  The students, from grades 9 to 12, toured Highwater Ethanol’s administrative office, water treatment process, incoming grain grading and handling, ethanol loadout, ethanol

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

The ‘Cool’ Fuel

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine)   Multiple trade groups and ethanol companies offer internships, contests and events to get young people interested in biofuels. The next generation is drawn to ethanol’s environmental and economic benefits.  —  … The recent addition of a young millenial to NCERC’s staff at Southern Illinois University

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

Korean Students Learn to Make Biodiesel

(Biofuels International)  Fourth graders in Seoul, South Korea, have been learning how to make biodiesel at a bio-energy farm run by the Gangdong-gu office in Eastern Seoul, according to the Korea Times. The workshop on renewable energy saw students from Seoul Hansan Elementary School taking turns to stir canola oil mixed

September 26, 2017 Read Full Article

YES! Fall Summits

(Climate Generation)  This fall, we’re partnering again with a youth program in greater Minnesota, YES!(Youth Energy Summit). We’re providing the climate change connection at their Fall Summits to help inform the projects students will be working on throughout the year. These events, held at St. John’s University and Laurentian Environmental Learning

September 13, 2017 Read Full Article

ACE Staff, Member Plant Help Educate Youth on Biofuel

(American Coalition for Ethanol/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The American Coalition for Ethanol staff and member plant, Siouxland Ethanol LLC, are partnering with the Northeast Nebraska Corn Growers in their effort to create and increase opportunities for Nebraska corn growers through advocacy, education, partnerships, and leadership development by participating in an ag youth literacy

August 30, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Local Biodiesel Fuels Elon Buses; ABSS’ May Be Next

by Jessica Williams (The Times News)  ‘The biodiesel that they’re using now is hyperlocal. That’s a very important word. Aramark, Biscuitville, Lowes Foods — you can see it in their marketing. They want to bring everything back to the local economy. It’s a trend that I do not see going

August 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Farm Camp Minnesota Tours Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-one children from Farm Camp Minnesota visited Guardian Energy in Janesville yesterday to get a closer look at homegrown renewable energy production. Farm Camp Minnesota is an annual program that hosts one-day events in three different areas of the state. Sponsored by farmers and agribusinesses, the events are

August 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels Foundation Publishes Coloring Activity Book, “Fuel Your Future”

(Renewable Fuels Foundation)  Get your crayons out! Teach your children or students about the benefits of Ethanol through the RFA’s first ever coloring and activity book! “Fuel Your Future” was designed for the next generation of budding scientists. The coloring book is filled with fun facts about how renewable energy can

August 8, 2017 Read Full Article

Small Scale, Self-Contained–Key Concepts at EnergyPath 2017

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA) “The goal of EnergyPath is to increase in knowledge of and passion for sustainable energy in the leaders of today and tomorrow.”  Every region, if not every state, should follow Pennsylvania’s Sustainable Energy Fund’s lead on this event attracting industry professionals, policymakers and academia

July 28, 2017 Read Full Article

A Total of 15 Young Men and Women Will Work alongside Technicians at the Stadium

(The Nassau Guardian)  With a reputation for catering to outdoor events of all types and sizes, Bahamas Waste’s involvement in this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) should come as no surprise. As a sponsor of the CYG Bahamas 2017, Bahamas Waste provided about $40,000 in equipment, ranging from portable restroom

July 21, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

High Gas Prices? No Problem for This Biofuel-Making Destrehan Teen

by Barry Guillot  (Times-Picayune)  … Dillon Deshotel doesn’t worry about gas prices. Deshotel, a recent Destrehan High graduate, makes his own biodiesel at home. For him, fluctuating gas prices are irrelevant. His fuel is always less than a dollar a gallon. “It isn’t very hard to make at all with the

July 7, 2017 Read Full Article

Syngenta and Growth Energy Partner to Promote E15 Fuel at American Ethanol E15 250 Race

(Syngenta/AgriMarketing)  Syngenta and Growth Energy are once again working with Iowa Speedway to demonstrate the value of E15 at the NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen. The race, which will be held on June 24, 2017, marks the fifth year of this partnership. Established by Growth

June 26, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

New London-Spicer High School Visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Thirteen students from New London-Spicer High School visited Chippewa Valley Ethanol Company (CVEC) in Benson yesterday to learn about ethanol production. “We were pleased to welcome New London-Spicer High School to our facility to learn about Minnesota-produced renewable energy. Tours like this are an opportunity for students

June 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Teachers and Parents: Are You Teaching Climate Change?

by Amy Harmon (The New York Times)  Last week I wrote about a teacher, James Sutter, who is teaching the basics of climate change — the planet is warming and humans are primarily responsible — in a Ohio high school where many students are raised to believe it is bunk.

June 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Pools and Fluxes: Modeling the Carbon Cycle

(Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  We see that most students are not able to explain how biofuels vs fossil fuels influence atmospheric CO2, but these modeling activities can help build the systems thinking skills to do this.  This activity helps students visualize and model a commonly published diagram of global

June 6, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

McLean AAUW Honors Student for STEM Research

(Inside NOVA)  The McLean Area Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded Rose Rasty, a junior at George C. Marshall High School, the 2017 STEM Excellence Award at the AAUW Branch Annual Dinner, held May 25 at River Bend Country Club. The award recognized the work done

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Worthington High School Visits Heron Lake BioEnergy

(Minnesota Bi0-Fuels Association)  Eleven students from Worthington High School visited Heron Lake Bioenergy on May 30 to learn about ethanol production. The students, all 12th graders, were briefed on the various processes of ethanol production at Heron Lake Bioenergy, which produces 63 million gallons of ethanol a year. “It’s important

June 1, 2017 Read Full Article

UW–Madison Partners with Bonduel School District on Innovative Science Education

by Leslie Shown (Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)  If science classes at Bonduel Middle School had a rallying cry it would be, “Don’t expect to find the answers in the book!” And Lisa Sorlie, enthusiastic advocate of innovative classroom science, would definitely be holding the megaphone. “Too often, classroom science has

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Science Coaches: The Application for the 2017-18 School Year Is Now Open

(American Chemical Society)  Science Coaches is a joint American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) educational outreach initiative dedicated to enhancing science skills in students across the United States. The program pairs chemists (coaches) with AACT teacher members in elementary, middle, and high schools. Coaches accepted

May 30, 2017 Read Full Article

The 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Winner Is… “Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae”!

(U.S. Department of Energy)The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the winner of the 2017 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge on May 4 during a special awards ceremony. The winning infographic, titled “Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae,” was created by two students from Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois. BETO is excited

May 26, 2017 Read Full Article

STEM In Schools Reach New Level with DNA Sequencing Brought to 7th Graders

by Helena Kennedy (Nuu Digest) In New York, 12 and 13 year olds get to try their hand at DNA sequencing during science class for the first time thanks to startup PlayDNA. PlayDNA is working with a curriculum expert to ensure teachers don’t need to be a genetics expert to help

May 18, 2017 Read Full Article

NREL Research Takes Off For International Space Station

by Wayne Hicks (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)  Experiments bear repeating, especially when they explode on their way to the International Space Station. Almost two years ago, on June 28, 2015, the rocket carrying experiments from Chatfield High School to the orbiting station disintegrated 139 seconds into its flight. That could

May 18, 2017 Read Full Article

Central High School Tours Heartland Corn Products

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-six students from Central High School in Norwood Young America visited Heartland Corn Products today to learn more about renewable energy production. The students, from grades nine to 12, toured the various processes of ethanol production at the 108 million gallon-a-year facility. This is the second time

May 11, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Department Publishes Educational Resources: Bioenergy in the Classroom including Coloring Book

(U.S. Department of Energy)  The Department of Energy’s Education and Workforce Development resources include: CLASSROOM RESOURCES Lesson Plans Search through the Education Toolbox to find lesson plans and lab activities for use in your classroom. Filter by subject, grade level, and energy literacy principle. Coloring and Activity Book The Coloring

April 28, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Minneota High School Visits ADM Corn Processing

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association)  Twenty-one students from Minneota High School visited the ADM Corn Processing ethanol plant here on April 19 to learn more on how Minnesota-grown renewable energy is produced. The students, from grades nine to 12, toured the various production process areas at ADM Corn Processing. Apart from ethanol

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Children Helping UAE Biofuels Industry

(Biofuels International)   Children in the UAE have been recycling cooking oil to make biofuels as part of a new initiative. The programme was set up by the Blue waste management company in Dubai, and involves pupils of all ages, from kindergarten to teenagers. According to the National UAE, Delhi Private

April 24, 2017 Read Full Article
  5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo   —   April 7-8, 2018   —   Washington, DC

5th USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo — April 7-8, 2018 — Washington, DC

Our mission is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation’s youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, and educational Festival in the world. The USA Science & Engineering Festival serves as an open forum to showcase all facets of

April 14, 2017 Read Full Article

St Peter High School Visits Guardian Energy

(Minnesota Bio-Fuels Association) Thirty-two high school students toured Guardian Energy’s ethanol plant today to get a closer look at how renewable energy is produced. The students, from St Peter High School, toured the various processes of ethanol production at Guardian Energy, which produces 120 million gallons of ethanol a year. “We

April 12, 2017 Read Full Article

Blue Sky Science: Could the Biofuel Cycle Be Made More Efficient?

(Wisconsin State Journal/Morgridge Institute for Research) Q: Could the biofuel cycle be made more efficient?   — Nikita Agrawal, 11, Skinner West Elementary, Chicago A: The production of biofuels starts by growing plants out in a field or forest. All of the biomass represented in those plants essentially comes through photosynthesis.

April 11, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Glencoe Silver Lake Students Tour Heartland Corn Products

(Minnesota BioFuels Association)  Eight students from Glencoe Silver Lake High School toured Heartland Corn Products today to understand how clean renewable Minnesota energy is produced. The students, from grades 10 to 12, toured the various process of ethanol production at Heartland Corn Products, which produces 100 million gallons of ethanol

March 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Bioenergy Gets Graphic with New Illustrated Guide to the Subject

(University of Manchester)  A new graphic novel which addresses the big questions around bioenergy and climate change is being launched by The University of Manchester ahead of a major conference this week. In a unique collaboration between artists and researchers working at the cutting-edge of bioenergy, the graphic novel aims

March 22, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Education Internships at Idaho National Laboratory

(Idaho National Laboratory)  As a Department of Energy facility, INL offers a diverse number of paid internship positions to high school, undergraduate and graduate level students. These internship opportunities enable students to collaborate with experienced scientists and engineers in order to develop innovative solutions to challenging, real-world projects. Graduate internships

March 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Heard in the Hallway at ABLC–Science from Scientists, a Teacher Resource

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  It’s the personal connections you make at conferences that provide that added value that webinars and online learning just can’t beat.  That’s how I found out about Science from Scientists, an educational nonprofit that puts scientists into classrooms in a structured program. A critical

March 6, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

A First-Hand Report: Competing in MIT’S THINK Science Competition

by Erika Tan* (Advanced Biofuels USA) Let me introduce myself – my name is Erika Tan, and I’m a current sophomore attending Freehold High School in New Jersey. If someone had told me at the beginning of this year that I would be writing an article for a nonprofit biofuel

February 27, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program —

(Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites )  Starting with the summer of 2017, the Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2), will be establishing a new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site designed to provide undergraduate students a chance to participate in industry-directed fundamental research opportunities in the fields of bioplastics and

February 16, 2017 Read Full Article

Student Scientist Uses Algae to Filter out Lead Contaminated Water

A senior at Tucson, Arizona’s Immaculate Heart High School, Amanda Minke’s goal is to find ways to create clean lead-free water for small rural communities around the world. For the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition she developed a device which removes lead-contamination in water by utilizing algae, called the Wet

February 5, 2017 Read Full Article

Contest Winners from Waukee and Treynor Focus on Benefits of E15 and Biodiesel

(Iowa Renewable Fuels Association)  The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) “Fuel the Future” High School Video Contest gives students a chance to grow their expertise in the fuel and technology of a new generation. This year, Jacob Roush and Dylan Smith of Waukee combined both their tech savvy and renewable

February 2, 2017 Read Full Article

In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’

by Hiroko Tabuchi (The New York Times)  … Here in north-central Kansas, America’s breadbasket and conservative heartland, the economic realities of agriculture make climate change a critical business issue. At the same time, politics and social pressure make frank discussion complicated. This is wheat country, and Donald J. Trump country, and

February 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Energy Beet Display and Children’s Carbon Cycle Handout Big Hits at Keystone Farm Show

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Highlighting Advanced Biofuels USA’s work on a feasibility study of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore energy beet project proved to attract many visitors and a bit of buzz at the Keystone Farm Show, “The Farm Show for Farmers,” in York, Pennsylvania from January

January 16, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article
  4-H Renewable Energy Camp   —   July 24-28, 2017   —   East Lansing, MI

4-H Renewable Energy Camp — July 24-28, 2017 — East Lansing, MI

Explore how Michigan’s abundant natural resources and growing agriculture industry are changing the face of energy and what it means to your family, Michigan and the world! Michigan 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is a five-day exploration camp held at Michigan State University for youth ages 13-19. Campers will explore ideas,

January 3, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

Youth Explore Biofuel as Renewable Energy

(Michigan State University Extension)  Youth can explore biofuel at 4-H Renewable Energy Camp and through other 4-H science programs.  —  …You can help youth explore biofuels by guiding them through an activity that shows how organic materials can be converted to fuel. Cellulose and sugars in plants when combined with

January 3, 2017 Read Full Article

Chicago School Growing Future Ag Careers

by Cindy Zimmerman (AgWired.com)  The American Seed Trade Association Future Seed Executives (FuSE) had the opportunity to hear about an agricultural high school right in Chicago that is growing the next generation for the industry. The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) is located just about a half hour

December 20, 2016 Read Full Article

Leon Walls Takes GLBRC on Mission to Transform Science Education

by Krista Eastman (Great Lakes Bioenegy Research Center)  on Walls knows, loves, and wants to transform the science classroom. An associate professor of elementary science education at the University of Vermont (UVM), Walls is working to change the way we teach science, both by studying the experiences of young science students

November 21, 2016 Read Full Article

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