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Blended Fuels Exhibition

posted 19 Jun 2014, 15:02 by OC Web   [ updated 19 Jun 2014, 15:02 ]
Blended Fuels and Ōtaki College Science Partnership

Ōtaki College and the Festival of Education (Taiopenga Maatauranga) 

Ōtaki College was invited to share an example of innovative teaching practice at the Wellington Festival of Education on Saturday 29 March. The festival was based on the theme innovation in education. It should be noted that Ōtaki College was the only secondary school in the Wellington Region to be asked to have a static display at this event and this was to celebrate what is believed to be a world first with young people in science. Our Year 13 Chemistry students (Alana Fraser, Tuscany Thatcher and Alice Yung) presented on the benefits of emulsified fuels when compared with standard petroleum products. Ōtaki College’s presence at the event was the result of the links that have been established between the Otaki College Chemistry Department and Blended Fuel Solutions, an Ōtaki based Clean-Technology Company. Ōtaki College Level 2 Chemistry students are now offered an Achievement Standard in applications of chemistry to a current technology, in this case emulsified fuel. This demonstrates the links that have been built between our college, local business, technology and the environment. The students were on hand at the event to explain the chemistry involved in creating an emulsified fuel and the environmental benefits of reduced carbon emissions. The school van, which was on site at the festival, and which currently runs on emulsified fuel was presented as evidence of the benefits of this technology. As you can see, the Minister of Education, the Honourable Hekia Parata, enjoyed meeting our students. 

Bruce Anderson
HOD Science