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HS Students Tap Into Water as Future Energy Source


Dr. Tabbetha Dobbins (left) and students assembling the hydrogen
fuel cell car and testing the motor using battery packs

A new high school design challenge project landed at Rowan this semester.  Project ENERGY (Exploring New Energy-alternatives Relevant to Generation Y) brings together high school students who are a part of Rowan’s Camden Dual Enrollment Program led by Dr. Kimberly Whitehead, Director of Academic Services, and students from CHAMP (Creating Higher Aspiration and Motivation Project), managed by Winona Wigfall, Director of Pre-College Programs.  Together, they will collaborate with Tabbetha Dobbins, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, on exciting new activities at Rowan, including active participation from the students as well as from Whitehead and Wigfall, who will have alternative roles as guest speakers and facilitators during the six 2-hour long sessions.
Project ENERGY students will learn how green technologies are developed and what it means for society when those technologies enter the market place. A hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is used to introduce students to the idea that water, as a fuel source, could power a car without harmful emissions. In addition to learning the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) aspects of this technology, students will also learn about and discuss societal impacts.  More importantly, students gain self-awareness in the process.  

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