Exploring Biofuels: Polk County High School (PCHS), Columbus, N.C.
2007. In the Beginning.
Very often, a student can inspire a teacher, a whole school, a community, and several universities. One student’s ingenuity can grow a rainforest of learning and exploration that energizes students, schools, communities, and universities.
Student Liz Russell and teacher Tawana Weicker share their story.
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." ~ Theodore Roosevelt.
Having curiosity, exploring, researching, discovering and making WARHORSE emerged from creating something with what we were given, the excess of a sustainable approach to fuels. WARHORSE sought to waste not and learn a lot.
Planting the Seed.
Bringing the inspiration to Polk Students through a partnership with Polk County 4-H Summer Science Academy
Polk County 4H Summer Science Academy pictured below.
An Idea Becomes a Reality.
Integrating this experience into the chemistry curriculum at PCHS, Chemistry Teacher Sergey Zalevskiy proved the lesson would be applicable.
Developing the Reality.
Community Collaborations Work With Our School.
Introduction of the Biofuels class into PCHS science elective curriculum.
Polk County High School Curriculum Guide
Jan. 2013. Polk County High receives NC Biotech Center Education Enhancement Grant. The $24,000 grant was written by Science Department Chair- Jennifer Allsbrook, who also reached out to the President of the NC BiofuelsAssociation-- Leif Forer, for guidance and advice on how to develop a stateapproved curriculum.
The Green Wolverine, EcoComplex & Education Center
Collaboration with PCHS’s Construction classes was the first official cross curricular experience for our students resulting from the development of the Biofuels course. Our students build our biodiesel educational trailer.