Photo of a retro fuel cell vehicle by jurvetson. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.

Even though the SAE World Congress last year featured a seminar titled, "The Problems of Fuel Cell Commercialization," the SAE is putting a positive spin on fuel cells for the public at this year's Detroit Auto Show. Tomorrow, for example, the SAE International's A World In Motion program will kick off the Fuel Cell Challenge; in the press release announcement, SAE calls fuel cells a "promising solution." The challenge is meant to get middle-school kids across America to think about fuel cells; it's likely that we'll get more details after the press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday. A World In Motion is a curriculum that explains physical science with "essential mathematic and scientific concepts and skills." More details after the jump.

[Source: SAE International]


PRESS RELEASE:

Fuel Cell Challenge To Be Introduced at NAIAS Education Day Event

WARRENDALE, Pa., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Developing alternative energy sources for the future is essential. One promising solution may be the fuel cell. SAE International's A World in Motion program will introduce this new activity at a GM/SAE press conference set for Education Day at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

DATE: NAIAS Education Day, Wednesday, Jan. 21
TIME: 10 a.m.
PLACE: Cobo Center, at the GM exhibit

Dan Hancock, GM Vice President of Global Powertrain Engineering, Matthew Miller, SAE International, and students from Lincoln Middle School, Pontiac, and Heilmann Middle School, Detroit, will introduce this new feature of SAE International's A World in Motion K-12 program, supported by the SAE Foundation. This Challenge is targeted to middle-school students across the nation.

The new program, which is receiving support from the GM Foundation and other corporations in the automotive industry, will play a key role in helping to introduce students to the fundamental skills necessary for a future career in science, technology and engineering.

In addition, GM will have available a Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle for reporters and editors to test drive following press conference; the vehicle will be located at the Ride-And-Drive Park in Michigan Hall.

SAE International is a global association of more than 121,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World in Motion(R) and the Collegiate Design Series.



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