The Monsanto Company, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, National Biodiesel Board, National Corn Growers Association, St. Louis Community Foundation and Rockwood Summit High School announced the establishment of the Monsanto Education Center for Sustainable Solutions in January 2014.
The center is housed in a new building constructed on Rockwood Summit’s campus and includes an area where students and advisors can plant row crops to study how plants such as corn and soybeans produce a renewable source of fuel. The groundbreaking for that building was held on June 16, 2014. The dedication was held on Nov. 5, 2014.
The Monsanto Education Center for Sustainable Solutions will serve as a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) educational resource for teachers and students in the St. Louis community who want to experience hands-on, project-based learning on the fundamentals of biofuels, specifically biodiesel.
For the past four years, the RSHS biodiesel project has become a leading program for K-12 STEM in the St. Louis region. Student work includes executing experiments to convert waste vegetable oil into biodiesel and designing methods to test biodiesel quality.
The new Monsanto Education Center for Sustainable Solutions will allow enhancement of this study and provide thousands of students from all around the metropolitan St. Louis area access to its science knowledge and understanding.
"The amazing things Rockwood Summit students are accomplishing here do more than advance their personal growth in math and science. They help all of us understand the importance of sustainability" said Deborah Patterson, Monsanto’s VP of Employee Engagement and Global Contributions.
The Missouri Soybean Association is also contributing an additional $6,500 for educational supplies needed to operate the center. The Ethanol Committee from the National Corn Growers Association has pledged $5,000 to the effort. In addition, Rockwood would like to thank the local business community for their continued support of this educational initiative for the students at Rockwood Summit High School.