Kids across the country today are “fueling up” with a Wisconsin process. Hundreds of thousands of students are participating in “Biofuel Blast,” an ethanol making experiment, which teaches how cellulose and sugars in plants can be converted into fuel. The process was designed in conjunction with UW-Madison Extension and Wisconsin 4-H.
The day is part of an effort by 4-H to get more young people involved in science. Don Floyd, President and CEO of the National 4-H Council, says America currently lags the world in producing new scientists. Floyd says research shows kids that develop interest in the subject by 8th grade are more likely to become scientists.