What is the international FCHgo Award?
The International Award World of the future: the best FHC application will be launched in the framework of the European project FCHgo – Fuel Cells HydroGen educatiOnal model for schools funded under Horizon 2020’s FCH GO Joint Undertaking and focusing on fuel cells and hydrogen as central elements for a sustainable energy future.
Basic principles of FCH functioning and benefits are an important subject for school education, ensuring young minds are well equipped for the energy transition and ecological thinking becomes a fundamental part of current and future generations.
The aims of the competition are:
- Raise awareness and interest in FCH technologies among teachers, schoolchildren and their families
- Make pupils more aware of technological opportunities, so they can accept and promote them and provide inspiration for the application of FCH technologies
- Strengthen local networks in order to increase public awareness and acceptance across Europe about FCH technologies and their significant contribution to the achievement of European energy targets.
Who can apply?
School teams/classes from primary, lower secondary and secondary schools in Europe and abroad. Pupils from all over the world can compete!
How it works
Participating classes will compete against each other within their school category (primary, lower secondary and secondary): they will have to to imagine an application based on or related to the use of hydrogen in everyday life. The product submitted should also have or should be able to have in the future a didactical value both for teachers as a teaching aid and – or for students as a learning material.
Evaluation criteria will be mainly:
- level of innovation and creativity
- educational value and transferability of the project
- in depth analysis and scientific approach
National and international juries with representatives of partners and external experts will be selected to lead the contest. InEuropa will coordinate the international jury and each partner will coordinate the national ones.
The selection process will be divided into 3 steps:
- National level (evaluation level 1): in each project country (Italy, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Switzerland, Turkey) selection of 9 finalist teams, 3 per school category (8-11; 11-14;14-18). As for the works that may come from teams from countries other than those of the partnership, it will be the international jury coordinated by InEuropa to evaluate and select remotely only teams for each age group so that they can take part in the international contest.
- National level (evaluation level 2): selection of 3 national winner teams, one per school category in each project country
- International level (evaluation level 3): definition of 3 winner teams, one for each school category, which will be awarded in the final award ceremony
Awards and prizes
The winners at national level in the project countries may have the chance to be awarded prices and participate to national award ceremonies to be organized by partner organizations between September and October 2020. The winners at international level will be represented at the final award ceremony within the FCH Joint Undertaking programme review and stakeholder forum, which will be held in Brussels in November 2020.
The International Award will start in February 2020.
Deadline for submitting works is 31rst July 2020.
How to apply?
The project call and application templates will be available from February 2020 on.
All applications will be managed through the FCHgo project website.
The contest will be coordinated by the project partner InEuropa srl and the Lead Partner UNIMORE.