4-H Discovery Camp youth explore viable energy solutions

posted on July 2, 2012 1:39pm

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Michigan 4-H Discovery Camp provides youth with the opportunity to study and test energy alternatives to using Michigan’s natural resources.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – In a time of uncertainty about the future of energy and the non-renewable resources used to create it, Michigan 4-H youth will explore solutions for a more secure tomorrow when Michigan State University (MSU) hosts the Michigan 4-H Discovery Camp July 9-13.

“This camp will help build critical thinkers, problem solvers and the next generation of Ben Franklins to lead our country forward. Today’s researchers will likely make an impact on energy solutions, but it is the next generation of great thinkers – today’s youth – who are poised for the biggest breakthroughs,” said Jacob DeDecker, MSU Extension program leader.

Designed for youth ages 13-19, the five-day camp explores how Michigan’s abundant natural resources and growing agriculture industry are changing the face of energy by offering alternatives to fossil-based fuels.

Through hands-on experiments, youth will work alongside Michigan’s leading bioenergy scientists collecting data, conducting experiments, making biofuel and learning about innovative research.

Youth will also tour the following facilities:

On-campus labs – East Lansing, Mich.
Observing cutting-edge research centered on turning biomass into biofuel, youth will learn about new ideas and technologies that will play a significant role in the future of energy.

Kellogg Biological Station – Hickory Corners, Mich.

Participating in hands-on research of a new biofuel crop, youth will also discuss water quality and quantity needs, greenhouse gas emissions and sustainable production practices.

Zeeland Farm Services – Zeeland, Mich.

Learning the importance of processing raw commodities, youth will tour the commercial production facility and watch soybeans being processed for biodiesel and food-grade oil.

Carbon Green Bioenergy – Lake Odessa, Mich.

Youth will observe and help facility employees turn bushels of corn into ethanol.

Gratiot County Wind Farm – Breckenridge, Mich.

Youth will visit an operating wind farm and learn how harnessing the wind can affect the future and how much energy it can generate.

MSU Power Plant – East Lansing, Mich.

Youth will tour the plant and see how conventional and alternative energy sources are being used to power MSU.

These activities and tours will stretch the minds of the participating youth while they live the campus life, have opportunities to take advantage of the recreational activities that MSU affords and gain independence by spending five days on campus with other youth their age, DeDecker concluded.

4-H Discovery Camp is an MSU Extension program and is sponsored by the Michigan Corn Growers Association and the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

For more information, contact Jacob DeDecker at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
or call 517-432-7604.

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