In 2006, Steve Chinosi and a group of his writing workshop students decided to build some research skills. All they needed was a meaty topic to research. So the topic debate began and quickly settled on cars (obvious topic for teenage boys), then narrowed down to what engine was better - a Wankel(rotary) or a Diesel.
So, with the class appropriately fired-up, the research began in earnest. Within a day, information was pouring in as students scoured the web for bits of critical info. Quickly, BioDiesel surfaced as a exciting and improbable topic to focus their energy. The students became so inspired by the idea that waste vegetable oil could power cars and generators that they had found the research topic that teachers dream about. Eventually, BioDiesel opened the doors to Greengineering!