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JACKSON, MI --

Harvest Energy Solutions will be showing its support of Michigan State University Extension’s 4-H Renewable Energy Camp by showing the future science, engineer and agriculture youth the value of solar energy on June 29, 2016.

The 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is one example of a 4-H science program where youth research and explore answers to their questions while learning valuable critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills. The Camp is for youth ages 13 to 19 years old who have a passion for science, natural resources and renewable energy, like to brainstorm ideas, research and conduct experiments and, of course, like to have fun and meet fellow young people from around the state.

The camp is a five-day pre-college program held at MSU that explores ideas, research and opportunities in the field of energy as they relate to natural resources and agriculture. To deepen their knowledge and to focus on one renewable energy source, youth have the opportunity to choose one of three tracks: bio-diesel, solar or wind energy. Within their track, youth conduct experiments such as making their own bio-diesel, designing and building their own solar powered car or building and testing wind turbines.

Youth spend time on campus visiting labs and interacting with scientists and engineers. Field trips are also planned:

• Tour a windfarm and a commercial ethanol plant to see how renewable energy is created.

• Visit the Kellogg Biological Station and participate in hands-on research of biofuel crops.

• Explore renewable energy in action by visiting farms and homes that have gone off the grid.

• Tour the MSU Breslin Center.

• Tour of the Michigan National Guard’s solar installation at Fort Custer.

The presentation by Harvest Energy’s Ken Zebarah and Eric Belanger will follow a tour of the Michigan National Guard’s Fort Custer, where participants will see a working solar energy installation.

What was the impact of the 2015 4-H Renewable Energy Camp?

• 100 percent of participants who responded to the evaluation reported that after completing this camp they were more knowledgeable about bioenergy.

• 89 percent of participants also indicated they were more likely to pursue a degree or career in a bioenergy-related field following the completion of this camp.

• 73 percent indicated an anticipated change in personal energy use.

• 97 percent planned to apply the knowledge gained through the program.

• 78 percent planned to teach what they have learned to others.

• 97 percent felt that after completing the camp were better prepared to attend college.

“Harvest Energy continues to support opportunities to educate the public on the value of solar energy,” said Cathie Hartung, Director of Marketing for Harvest Energy. “This energy camp is especially beneficial in presenting renewable energy opportunities to the next generation of scientists, engineers and agribusiness owners – we’re proud to be a part of this worthwhile program.”

The 2016 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is scheduled for June 27-July 1, 2016, and is open for registration. The registration process is online. For detailed camp information and to register, please visit the 2016 4-H Renewable Energy Camp Event page, which can be found at www.anr.msu.edu.

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