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Students turn fat to fuel at University

28 May 09

The School of Engineering, Design & Technology (EDT) at the University of Bradford will help school pupils turn fat to fuel as part of the 'Science 4U' event, organised by St Joseph's Catholic College, Bradford.

Two groups of students from the school will visit the University on Wednesday 3, and Thursday 4 June, to take part in a series of eco related hands-on projects. The projects will include learning how to make biodiesel from cooking fat, turning potatoes into plastic and how to create their own soap as a bi-product of the biodiesel project.

The 'Kitchen Chemistry' Workshop will see students take cooking oil and converting it into biodiesel. They will make approximately 1 litre of biodiesel per group which can be used in any conventional diesel engine. This process will create the by-product glycerine, which the students will use to create their own unique soaps.

On Friday 5 June the students will visit the University and give presentations about their projects and involvement in the 'Science 4U' project.

The annual event will also give students the opportunity to gain work experience within industry. The students will also work alongside Yorkshire Water and the engineering firm Arup, on various projects including looking at the energy efficiency of a water turbine - by examining water treatment and filtration, settlement, and cleaning of waste water. 

Elaine Barker, Assistant Head Teacher at St Joseph's Catholic College said: "Science 4U is a great event. It gives students a real insight into industry and how science is used to solve real problems, within the workplace. The team work between the university, our partners in industry, and the school provides an excellent opportunity to inspire and motivate our students for a career in science."

Joanne Crowther, External Relations Officer for the University's School of EDT, said; "The School of EDT are thrilled to be involved in the Science 4U event. We hope the University's expertise in science and engineering provides an engaging and insightful experience for the students."

28 May 09

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