Workshop Educates Indiana High School Teachers on Biofuels


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 14, 2015) — Offering teachers the opportunity to learn about the Indiana ethanol industry and how to incorporate interactive lesson plans about the renewable fuel into their science and agriculture classes was the goal of a recent training.
Indiana Corn Marketing Council sponsored the workshop in partnership with Indiana FFA Foundation and the Purdue University Ag and Biological Engineering Department. 
“ICMC wants to help teachers and students understand the value of ethanol and the value Indiana corn brings to our state,” said Ronnie Mohr, ICMC supply committee chairman. “Through collaborating with Indiana FFA and Purdue, we were able to sponsor an informative training that will help science and agriculture teachers in their curriculum development.”
Forty teachers representing 20 Indiana schools attended the training held on Sept. 9 at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center in Trafalgar. It was designed for an agriculture and science teacher from the same school to both attend to learn about science experiments and lessons plans targeted for middle school and high school students and take the knowledge back to their classrooms. 
“The biofuels training made a positive impact on teachers by influencing high school agriculture and science students to have a better understanding of the science behind biofuels and renewable energy and how they relate to STEM in an agriculture setting,” said Lisa Chaudion, executive director of the Indiana FFA Foundation. “We were encouraged by the amount of cooperation between our agriculture and science teachers. Due to FFA being co-curricular, we have an invested interest in agriculture education and how it relates to the industry we promote as well as the students we represent.”
During the training, presenters offered the teachers an overview of the science behind ethanol and provided hands-on resources to help teachers take the lessons to the classroom. In addition to the hands-on training, each school represented at the training received an ethanol education science kit to use in their classrooms. 
“I now have more resources and tools available to me to teach my students about the various ways biofuels are made and used,” said Micah Wallace, an agriscience and business teacher at Seymour Middle and High School. “The ethanol education science kit we were given allows students to see the differences in kerosene and ethanol when both fuels are burned. The lab is very educational and will also be fun for the students.”
Because of the positive response from educators, ICMC has plans to offer the workshop again in 2016. For more information about ICMC’s education programs, visit:

CONTACT: Megan Kuhn, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, 317-614-0377, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

EthanolExperiments.jpg: Learn by doing was the part of a free ethanol workshop sponsored by Indiana Corn Marketing Council in partnership with Indiana FFA Foundation and the Purdue University Ag and Biological Engineering Department on Sept. 9 for Indiana science and agriculture teachers.
EthanolTeacherTraining.jpg:  Teachers from across Indiana attended a free workshop at the Indiana FFA Center in Trafalgar to learn about Indiana ethanol industry and how to incorporate lesson plans about the renewable fuel into their science and agriculture classes.
The Indiana Corn Marketing Council was established by the Indiana General Assembly to promote the interest of corn growers in the state and manage corn checkoff funds. The Council is composed of 17 voting producer directors and seven appointed industry, and government representatives.
This communication was funded with corn checkoff dollars.