Scott City FFA, chem students combine efforts to make ethanol
Scott Community High School FFA and chemistry students haven’t yet figured out how to make cheaper fuel for their vehicles, but they’re working on it.
A joint project between the FFA department and advanced chemistry students involved the conversion of corn mash to ethanol.
The lesson plan and about $1,500 in equipment to support the project were provided to the FFA chapter through the Kansas Corn Commission.
FFA sponsor Dale Jessup said the lab project was an opportunity for students to see the value of corn as more than a food product and to learn how it could be converted to fuel.
“And hopefully, projects like this get students thinking about job opportunities in the ethanol field,” says Jessup.
SCHS senior Dulce Ayala said that during the two week project they experimented with different amounts of amylase, glucose amylase and yeast mixed with corn mash. Through a liquefaction process different grades of ethanol are produced.
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