CTE Month: Finding the future of energy at Whites Creek

In celebration of Career and Technical Education Month, we will feature stories about CTE students, teachers and programs here on Children First and also on MyAcademyBlog.com. You can also follow @MyFutureMyWay and @MNPSCTERocks for fun CTE facts and information. What a treat to visit the alternative energy lab at Whites Creek High School. Working through the Academy of Alternative Energy, Sustainability, and Logistics, as well as the Future Farmers of America, Whites Creek students are producing their own ethanol, biodiesel and solar energy. They’re also experimenting with wind power and hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Take a look:

On Friday, February 21, the students started a long journey – literally – to prove the effectiveness of alternative fuels. Towing a 20-foot trailer packed with go-karts and demonstration equipment, students and teachers drove across Tennessee, from Kentucky to Alabama, powered entirely by biodiesel fuel they made themselves.

See video of the students and their mobile lab in action on Tennessean.com

How do they make it? They have a strong partner in Fontanel, which donates all of its used cooking oil to the lab. They run it through a processor and voila – biodiesel fuel comes out.

Now they’re taking it to the next level. They’re producing their own soybean oil. The oil is pure, only leaving behind soy pellets which are then used for animal feed.

It’s true: amazing things are happening at Whites Creek (which also happens to be a Cambridge School for advanced academics). The Creek is Rising!