Growth Energy, a special project of the National FFA Foundation, provides teachers with fifteen days of instruction focused on ethanol and renewable fuels. The six activities included in the lesson teach the following concepts:
- Industry, innovation, and technology led to the development of starch-based ethanol.
- Ethanol plants use fermentation to convert corn into biofuels and animal feed products.
- The United States government developed the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program with the intent of reducing greenhouse gasses, increasing renewable fuel production, and decreasing dependence on foreign oil.
- Biofuels provide consumers with energy choices that can improve rural economies and benefit the environment.
- Advancing technologies are used to convert cellulosic components of corn into ethanol.
These instructional materials are a natural addition to many agricultural education courses including, natural resources and ecology, environmental science, crop science, agricultural power, and others. Free instructional materials including the lesson plan, six activities, PowerPoint, and assessment are available in this group.