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HyWay driving: NSW teens road-test hydrogen fuel technology

3  April 2023

Click here for photos – Future HyWay Muswellbrook

As the world transitions to alternative fuel technologies, today’s teens are getting a glimpse of a hydrogen-powered future.

Grade 9 and 10 students at Muswellbrook High School will gain insights into the emerging hydrogen industry at an interactive workshop on 3 April 2023.

“Future HyWay”, to be held at Muswellbrook High School, is facilitated by the ARISE (Australian Resources Industry Skills and Education) initiative, with support from the Australian Gas Industry Trust (AGIT).

ARISE is a partnership between resources sector companies and the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), which is Australia’s largest and most successful industry-led school education initiative and is currently engaging with a network of schools and industry peak bodies across the country.

Around 25 students will attend “Future HyWay”, where activities will focus on the production and use of hydrogen as clean fuel. Hands-on exercises will teach them about electrolysis and fuel cells, and the day will culminate in a race, as teams put their own hydrogen-powered vehicles to the test.

“Learning about the building blocks of hydrogen fuel and then having the chance to apply what they’ve learned in a fun and engaging way is what makes this workshop really special,” said ARISE Manager Matthew Heskett. “Students will be working together to engineer small vehicles that use their all-in-one electrolyser and fuel cell system – and can then enjoy the thrill of racing them.”

Jen Thompson, AGIT’s Chief Executive Officer, said that it’s vital to inform young people about the science behind hydrogen and its potential as a cleaner fuel option. “We’re happy to be a part of showing the next generation the possibilities for clean fuel and introducing students to this important emerging industry.”

The Australian Resources Industry Skills and Education (ARISE) initiative was established to broaden the geographic reach of the highly successful industry-led education and skills training initiative, QMEA, in states and territories across Australia.

The initiative encourages secondary school students into STEM-related careers in the resources sector, with a focus on female and Indigenous participation. The initiative is made possible through the support of foundation partner BHP and provides students and teachers the opportunity to experience the resources sector operations through on-site and in-school activities, flagship camps, and scholarships.

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