The following is a list of fuel cell resources for students of all ages. Let this page serve as your first step toward acing the next science test or putting together your own fuel cell project. Below the Resources section you will find links to student fuel cell competitions around the county.


Build Your Own Fuel Cells – An e-book by Phillip Hurley with illustrated instructions on how to build a PEM fuel cell.

Students at the 2006 Fuel Cell Seminar in Honolulu, Hawaii

Collecting the History of Fuel Cells – A history of fuel cells, compiled by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Discovering the Principle of the Fuel Cell – A paper by Dr. Martin Schmidt that gives an overview of fuel cells and includes a great science project.

Energy Quest – A website from the California Energy Commission. Includes fun activities, contests, and readings for students as well as resources for teachers. Chapter 20 of The Energy Story focuses on hydrogen and fuel cells. Includes a great science project on electrolysis.

EngineeringK12 Center – The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) EngineeringK12 Center seeks to identify and gather in one place the most effective engineering education resources available to the K-12 community.

EPA: Students for the Environment – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s student’s page. Includes lessons, games, and resources to help with your environment-related homework.

Filters Fast – A collection of science and energy projects for students.

Fuel Cells: Powering Our Economic Future – A program by GM and Junior Achievement to help students in grades 5-8 gain knowledge in social science.

H2 Educate: Student Guide – A guide from the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) on the basics of hydrogen and how it can fuel our energy future.

Hydrogen Technology and Energy Curriculum (HyTEC) project - developed and field-tested a module titled “Investigating Alternative Energy: Hydrogen & Fuel Cells.” This module was developed by SEPUP of The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley, in collaboration with the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University, and is published by LAB-AIDS, Inc.

Increase Your H2 IQ – Links to several fact sheets on fuel cells and hydrogen from the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies program.

UCSB Science Line - The University of California, Santa Barbara’s Material Research Laboratory’s ”Ask-a-Scientist” project enables K-12 students and teachers to directly ask expert UCSB researchers their science questions.

The History of the Electric Vehicle - Gives an overview of electric vehicles. Includes links to other sites about hydrogen and fuel cells.


Boosting Energy, Science, and Technology – An annual high school and middle school robotics competition.

Destination Zero Carbon - a clean energy education program and a global racing federation designed to promote environmental awareness for students through a fun and engaging platform. Built around the excitement of competition, the program features a “design-build-and-race” of various scale, future energy tech cars using zero emission technologies, and incorporates relevant content in Science, Mathematics, Earth Science, Information Technology, and Design, modeled after the national secondary school curriculum.

DuPont Challenge – A science essay competition where students write a 700-1000-word essay discussing a scientific discovery, theory, event, or technological application that has captured their interest.

Hydrogen Student Design Contest– challenges multi-disciplinary teams of university students to apply their creativity and academic skills in the areas of design, engineering, economics, environmental science, business and marketing to the hydrogen and fuel cell industries. The Contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students worldwide. Multiple teams from one institution are permitted. Submissions are evaluated by a diverse panel of judges that include industry representatives and officials at U.S. Department of Energy.

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) – The world’s largest pre-college science competition that provides an opportunity for the world’s best young scientists and inventors to come together to share ideas, showcase cutting-edge science projects, and compete for over U.S. 3 million dollars in awards and scholarships.

Intel Science Talent Search (STS) – America’s oldest and most highly regarded pre-college science competition. For over 60 years, this competition-often referred to as the “junior Nobel Prize”-has provided an incentive and an arena for U.S. high school seniors to complete an original research project and have it recognized by a national jury of highly regarded professional scientists.

Junior Solar Sprint/Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Competitions – Hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, this competition takes place in Colorado, but web site has information on how to host your own regional competition.

National Science Bowl– Sponsored by DOE’s Office of Science, the National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science. A featured event at the National Finals for middle school students, the Model Car Challenge invites students to design, build, and race model cars.

Proton OnSite Scholarship – Recognizes and awards high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding achievement, excellence and promise in the field of science or technology, and who plan to pursue a higher education in this field. Awards undergraduate scholarship prizes up to $100,000 total for up to four years. Honorable Mentions are awarded prizes of $500.

Siemens Foundation Scholarship – Provides more than $1 million in college scholarships and awards each year for talented high school students in the United States. Its signature programs – the Siemens Westinghouse Science & Technology Awards for Advanced Placement – reward exceptional achievement in science, mathematics and technology.

Ten80 Student Racing Challenge: NASCAR STEM Initiative - a “practice league” through which middle and high school students engage use electric radio controlled (RC) cars to create products and work together in ways that mirror professional motorsports teams, engineers and green transportation designers. Fuel cells can be incorporated.