A year ago I talked about St. Andrews Episcopal middle school in Amarillo, Texas winning the 2007 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge as part of that year’s National Science Bowl competition. Then in May 2008 I had talked about the EnergyWhiz Olympics and Hydrogen Sprint competition for school kids in Florida, who would then go onto compete in the National Science Bowl.
Well, over this past weekend, the 2008 National Science Bowl was held in Golden Colorado along with the 2008 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge. According to the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) website, St. Andrews did well again this year, finishing first on Friday.
But according to the press release it was Treasure Valley Math and Science Center from Boise, Idaho that finally won the overall 2008 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge, edging out the other contenders.
General Motors was one of the main sponsors of the competition and according to GM vice president Elizabeth A. Lowery, “Today’s students are the future engineers and scientists that will be part of the continuing transformation of automotive propulsion technology, so at GM we believe it is important to encourage and support education in science, technology, engineering and math.”
GM has been busy rolling out their Project Driveway fuel cell vehicle program this spring and summer. It’s good to see that they have the vision to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers who will be designing and maintaining fuel cell vehicles as the rollout will be on a much grander scale when these kids graduate.