Innovation in the Classroom: Green Chemistry Inspires High School Students

Polk County High School students and science teacher Lucas Link are once again exploring biofuels and biotech. 

Inspired to pursue environmental science in college, Erica Metcalf took both Biofuels I and II at Polk County High School.

Inspired to pursue environmental science in college, Erica Metcalf took both Biofuels I and II at Polk County High School.

Jennifer Allsbrook teaches biology and biotech classes at Polk High, and assists with the biofuel classes. Lucas Link is the catalyst who keeps the green chemistry students exploring how to harvest bio based energy and fuel from plants. Since Warhorse CEO pioneered the state approved science courses, we will continue to supply the students with reclaimed veggie oil from local Polk County restaurants. Recently, Warhorse delivered 30 gallons of beautiful recycled oil from restaurants Caro-Mi in Tryon and Joy Wok in Columbus.

Jennifer Allsbrook teaches biology and biotech classes at Polk High, and assists with the biofuel classes. Lucas Link is the catalyst who keeps the green chemistry students exploring how to harvest bio based energy and fuel from plants. Since Warhorse CEO pioneered the state approved science courses, we will continue to supply the students with reclaimed veggie oil from local Polk County restaurants. Recently, Warhorse delivered 30 gallons of beautiful recycled oil from restaurants Caro-Mi in Tryon and Joy Wok in Columbus.

These teachers, students, and school demonstrate that there are local resources in their community that do inspire and prepare students for the future. 

Modeled after the green energy and biofuels classes at Clemson and Appalachian State universities, Polk County High School's Biofuel I and Biofuels II classes are up and at it. The high tech biofuel mobile processor was purchased from Piedmont Biofuels. Sustainability professor David Thornton from Clemson University works with the teachers each year to enhance the courses and share how our high school students can work on similar Clemson sustainability projects.

Made by a team of UNC-Chapel Hill students--including Polk County High School graduate Michael McClure--Innovating the Classroom shares the story of 2 schools that are working to inspire students with real world green energy exploration.