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Renewable Fuels – 2018 Summer STEM Academies for Educators @ Ozark Technical College

July 16, 2018 - July 20, 2018


Renewable Fuels

For Agriculture, Automotive, Bio-technology, Environmental, Biology, and Chemistry Teachers


Ranken Technical College is offering a five-day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) summer institute designed to showcase opportunities in advanced technology. The focus of this institute is to give teachers for grades 6 – 12, counselors, and administrators a chance to explore innovative solutions in areas such as environmental sustainability, automotive performance, and information technology.  As the price of gasoline continues to be unstable, Americans should begin considering alternatives to petroleum.  Biodiesel is an alternative, carbon neutral fuel that is made here in the United States.  Education about the science and performance of this fuel will be required for it to become more mainstream.  The renewable fuel academy strives to educate its participants on the science of extracting biodiesel from plant or algae sources.  Participants will convert vegetable oil (triglycerides) into biodiesel and then perform chemical tests to determine the quality of their fuel.  Using Ranken automotive technology, participants will collect data on the differences in emissions and performance of diesel engines while running on petroleum diesel and biodiesel.

Instructors:  Darrin Peters (pictured), chemistry teacher at Rockwood Summit High School in his hometown of Fenton MO.  Darrin has taught science for 26 years and chemistry for the past 16 years.  His Organic Chemistry students spend a semester educating their community on the potential of biodiesel as an alternative fuel.  Rockwood Summit’s Biodiesel Project is 10 years old and was started as the result of student interest.  It has become cross-curricular and has helped raise the number of students enrolled in upper level chemistry.  John Shoffner, automotive maintenance technology instructor at Ranken Technical College, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Certified Technician.

When/Where:  Monday – Friday, July 16-20, 2018, 8AM – 4PM, Ozark Technical College, 1001 E. Chestnut Expy, Springfield, MO 65802


Registration Instructions

  • Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Only STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teachers or school counselors may apply.
  • You may not repeat a course previously taken.
  • Your registration fee of $25.00 is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Educators interested in this learning opportunity may:

  • Earn graduate credit from Lindenwood University (fees apply);
  • Benefit from a quality instructional experience, hands-on demonstrations from experienced faculty, and supplemental take-home materials.

Please read this form  and indicate your acceptance of its terms by checking the box at the bottom of the attendee information form.

Contact:  Barbara Bragg, Director of STEM Pathways Development, at (314) 286-4822 or [email protected]



July 16, 2018
July 20, 2018
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Barbara Bragg
(314) 286-4822


Ozark Technical College
1001 E. Chestnut Expy
Springfield, 65802 United States
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