The Fuel Cells Hydrogen Educational model for schools, or FCHgo, is a project funded under InEuropa’s Horizon 2020 programme. The project was launched in January of 2019, and will be carried out through to the end of 2020. The goal of FCHgo is to strengthen public acceptance and awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies (FCH-Ts) by educating students at the school level.
The programme includes an international award, World of the future: the best FHC application which opened in February 2020 with application templates being available through the FCHgo project website.
Why schools should participate?
The basic principles of FCH functioning and benefits are an important subject for school education, ensuring young minds are well equipped for the energy transition and that ecological thinking becomes a fundamental part of current and future generations.
The aims of the competition are:
- Raise awareness and interest in FCH technologies among teachers, school children and their families
- Make pupils more aware of technological opportunities, so they can accept and promote them and provide inspiration for the application of FCH technologies
- Strengthen local networks in order to increase public awareness and acceptance across Europe about FCH technologies and their significant contribution to the achievement of European energy targets.
Who can apply?
School teams/classes from Primary and Secondary schools from all over the world!
How it works
Participating classes will compete against each other within their school category (primary, lower secondary and secondary): they will have to come up with an application based on or related to the use of hydrogen in everyday life. The product submitted, should also have or should be able to have, in the future a didactical value both for teachers as a teaching aid and/or for students as a learning material.
Awards and prizes
The top applications at national level in the project countries may then have the chance to be awarded prizes and participate in the national award ceremonies between September and October 2020. The winners at international level will be represented at the final award ceremony within the FCH Joint Undertaking programme review and stakeholder forum, which will be held in Brussels in November 2020.
InEuropa is a local partner of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
(who leads this project), and was involved because of its experience in school environmental programmes — especially the Water Explorer programme and its network of schools.
There 6 organisations from 5 countries involved in the programme:
- University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) — Lead Partner
- InEuropa srl (Italy)
- ZHAW (Switzerland)
- DTU (Denmark)
- Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika (Poland)
- Steinbeis 2i GmbH (Germany)
The GAP International member organisations Agado and Mikado also participate as Third Parties in the project to recruit participation of schools in Germany and Turkey respectively. InEuropa is also willing to work with other GAP International member organisations around the project, to widen participation to the contest to the widest number of countries posible