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October 28, 2003

DOE Launches Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Education Effort

David Garman, DOE's assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, went back to high school on October 28th, but as more of a teacher than a student. Garman went to Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School in Washington, D.C., to launch a new DOE effort that will educate science students across the country about the promise of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The DOE effort will introduce students of all ages to the basic concepts and principles of hydrogen-based energy in fun and creative ways, intending to interest students in the vision of a future hydrogen economy.

"Investing in our students today will insure the transformation of our energy future from one dependent on foreign petroleum to one that utilizes the most abundant element in the universe-hydrogen," said Garman.

See the DOE press release.

DOE is also working to spark interest in hydrogen at the collegiate level. In cooperation with the National Hydrogen Association (NHA), DOE is launching the First Annual University Student Hydrogen Design Contest. Student teams are being asked to submit innovative and imaginative designs for a next-generation hydrogen fueling station. A review meeting is taking place on November 5th at 1 p.m. Eastern time, and is accessible via conference call. The full contest rules will be released on November 15th. The top team will win an all-expense-paid trip to Hollywood, California, in late April 2004, to present their results at the 2004 NHA Annual Conference. Team registration is due by December 15th, and the final entries are due on March 1, 2004. See the contest information on the NHA Web site.