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Toyota challenges high-school students to build fuel-cell cars

The Japanese carmaker is working with California high schools to teach students about the technology and encourage them to enter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career fields.

As part of the Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge, students will build and race their own remote-control fuel-cell cars.

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The program kicked off August 9 with a teacher-training event at Toyota’s U.S. headquarters in Torrance, California, while the race for the student-built cars is set for March 2017.

Toyota partnered with Horizon Educational Group, a company that provides teaching materials that cover various renewable-energy technologies, including fuel cells, and solar and wind power.

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Student teams from each school will work on their cars as an after-school project.

The goal is to have them explore the “challenges and solutions Mirai engineers experienced” during the development of that fuel-cell sedan, according to Toyota.

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In addition to support from Toyota fuel cell engineers, the students will be coached by trailblazing Mirai owners and work with members of a Toyota NASCAR Pit Crew for their final race. – Published on GreenCarReports

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