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Renewable Fuels – Cancelled

June 24, 2019 - June 28, 2019

Cancelled Due to Low Enrollment Renewable Fuels – for Agriculture/Automotive/Bio-technology/Environmental/Biology & Chemistry Teachers

This institute will give educators a chance to explore innovative solutions in the areas of environmental sustainability, automotive performance, and information technology.  As the price of gasoline continues to be unstable, Americans should begin considering alternatives to petroleum including biodiesel, ethanol, and electricity.  Biodiesel is an alternative, carbon-neutral fuel made here in the United States.  Education about the science and performance of this fuel is needed for it to become more practical.  This academy will teach participants the science of extracting biodiesel from plant, algae, or food waste sources.  We will convert vegetable oil (triglycerides) into biodiesel and perform chemical tests to determine fuel quality. Participants will use Ranken’s automotive technology to collect data on the differences in emissions and performance of diesel engines while running on petroleum diesel and biodiesel.

Instructors:  Darrin Peters and Craig Poe.  Mr. Peters teaches chemistry at Rockwood Summit High School.  He has taught science for 27 years and chemistry for the past 17 years.  He launched Rockwood Summit’s Biodiesel Project 10 years ago, which has had a positive impact on student interest in biochemistry.  Mr. Poe is a professional technician and coordinator for Ranken Technical College’s Audi, Subaru, and Nissan programs and teaches Automotive Maintenance Technology.

When/Where:  June 24-28, 2019, 8AM–4PM, Ranken Technical College, 4431 Finney Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Registration Fee:  $25 (NON-REFUNDABLE); lunch will be provided daily.

Registration Instructions

  • Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • 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.

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


June 24, 2019
June 28, 2019
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Ranken Technical College – St. Louis
4431 Finney Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63113 United States
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(866) 4 RANKEN


Barbara Bragg
(314) 286-4822