Local College Instructor Attends ‘Summer School’ about Chemistry of Biodiesel
(The Daily Independent) … After diesel students complete the online biodiesel course sponsored by the Kentucky Soybean Board, instructors and students often want to know: “What can I learn about soy biodiesel next?” After being asked that question several times, biodiesel education coordinator Les Pike, a retired diesel instructor, put forth a proposal to the board for a hands-on biodiesel training for diesel instructors who had expressed interest in taking their education to the next level.
(Mike) Rodgers asked the instructors, “Do you use the word ‘blends’ in your classroom? Do you talk about solvency? What about lubricity? Do you ever have a student ask what modifications he needs to make to his engine in order to run biodiesel?”
Every head nodded, and Rodgers explained “this is the basis of teaching science, technology, engineering and math), and this class will convince you more than ever how critically important those skills are in the shop.”
Instructors received a full day of hands-on training, a biodiesel kit courtesy of the soybean board to use in their own classrooms, a clear understanding of the difference between soy biodiesel and so-called “yellow grease” (used fryer oil) and an admonition from Rodgers and Pike to use the chemistry kits for educational purposes only. READ MORE