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 is expected to be carried out through the end of 2021. 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.
Background and Motivations
FCH-Ts are expected to play a central role in the development of renewable energy sources and, consequently, in the reduction of environmental damage caused by the use of conventional energy sources such as coal or oil. Ecologically-minded thinking has broadly been receiving more and more attention. However, this general awareness is often not sufficiently based on technical knowledge or technological options made possible by recent research and development.
The FCHgo project not only encourages a culture of ecological awareness, but will contribute to developing behaviours based on sound knowledge of key technologies by future generations.
InEuropa is a local partner of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
(who lead this project), and was involved because of its experience in school environmental programmes — especially the WaterExplorer programme and its network of schools.
- To create an educational program delivery model (EPDM) related to the science, engineering and applications of FCH-Ts that is able to introduce FCH-Ts to young learners (primary and secondary schools) and their teachers;
- To raise awareness in children in local communities of the possible future applications of FCH-Ts in everyday life.
Actions and InEuropa’s Involvement
- Co-production of the project’s educational materials and adaptation of these to different school levels and cultural specificities through local workshops. At the project level, we expect to involve pupils from 8 to 18 years old, with each involved country able to choose its target age and/or school level.
- Selection of schools in partner countries to be involved in the testing phase (the first year), teachers’ training, pilot classes in 5 partner countries, and the collection of teacher feedback. After testing, programme materials will be translated into 10 European languages: English, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Danish, Romanian, and Turkish.
- Implementation of the FCHgo European Prize in the second project year with the launch of a call at the EU level. The call will invite young students to think about projects for future applications of FCH-Ts into everyday life through participation in national competitions and the European Prize, which will see the participation of the national winners. InEuropa will be leading this phase. In the second project year, schools from throughout Europe will be invited to participate. We do not foresee a direct school support but rather a distant facilitation competition participation for this particular project year.
- Dialogue at the national and international level to find sponsors and foster productive use of results and programme sustainability.
- Test and validation of the FCHgo EPDM through local pilots;
- Involvement of a wide number of countries and schools through the launch of national competitions and the European Prize;
- Development of STEM competencies and skills among students and local population and a wider awareness on the future applications of FCH-T in everyday life;
- Networking with other stakeholders that can contribute to programme sustainability.
We have involved 6 organizations from 5 countries:
- University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) — Lead Partner
- InEuropa srl (Italy)
- ZHAW (Switzerland)
- DTU (Denmark)
- Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika (Poland)
- Steinbeis 2i GmbH (Germany)