| August 29, 2014
The National Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Program (NBBEP) is a USDA-NIFA-AFRI funded, multi-institution, multi-state initiative that connects classroom educators to major sustainable bioenergy research initiatives. The program includes intensive teacher training in Bioenergy & Bioproducts and STEM disciplines, including agriculture. Pre-service and In-service Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Agriculture Educators (teaching grades 6 through undergraduate level) who aspire to be leaders in bioenergy & bioproducts education are the focus of this program.
This July John Hubert, a science teacher at Quantico Middle/High School, was selected to participate in the five day BBEP workshop offered at Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hubert gained a great deal of firsthand experience in the concepts of sustainability, systems thinking, engineering design, biomass, biofuels, bioenergy and feed stock development.
The future of our nation and our planet hinges on our ability to become uncoupled from our present dependence on fossil fuels. Much of what Mr. Hubert learned during the BBEP workshop will help him to empower middle school and high school students to think and work like scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs; specifically as it relates to environmental sustainability.