Feb. 5, 2016

Missouri High School Students Get Hands-On Training With Biodiesel (Text Version)

This is a text version of the MotorWeek video segment Missouri High School Students Get Hands-On Training With Biodiesel, which aired October 17, 2015.

JOHN DAVIS: Our success story this week takes us to Fenton, Missouri, where high school students at Rockwood Summit are learning the basics of biodiesel. Following a student's request, science teacher Darrin Peters started the program five-and-a-half years ago. Students learn how to convert waste vegetable oil into biodiesel, while also being taught about the importance of sustainability.

DARRIN PETERS: Once they've extracted that molecule, then they have to test that fuel or that molecule to see how pure it is, how good it's going to burn in the car, whether or not there's water in it, whether or not there's other impurities in it. And so, that gives them a lot of things to do as far as research is concerned.

JOHN DAVIS: Students use their custom-made biodiesel to fuel two school-owned vehicles. And leaving nothing to waste, they repackage the residual glycerin into soap. As a result of their innovative work, Monsanto awarded the school a $100,000 grant for a new education center. Recently completed, it provides hands-on training in renewable fuels for students in the St. Louis area now and for generations to come.