Project Description

2019 Elementary School “Hydrogen Fuel Cell” Car Competition

FASE is proud to be the organizer of the 2019 Elementary School “Hydrogen Fuel Cell” Car Competition! This competition is designed to engage elementary students in the area of hands on, open ended projects. The grand finale brings together students from all of the participating schools to cap off their learning experience by participating in a fun-filled competition!

Competition Phases

1. Initial Learning Process

2. Open Ended Design and Build

3. In-School Competition

4. Digital Documentation

5. Final Race Day

6. Elementary Statistics

7. Final Checkout

Competition Details

The Elementary Car Competition will combine two large, but separate branches, of industry; Automotive and Alternative Fuels. In addition, the students will explore the real world of responsible social media as they document and create a final digital product of their ongoing learning during this unique competition.

Enjoy the experience as you and your student’s journey into the realm of limitless possibilities!


“FASE is important because it will help allow students, teachers and schools explore engineering, trades and hands on projects that they otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to.”


Phase 1
Initial Learning Process

Each Elementary school will receive a DIY/Rover classroom set of 12 small cars that run on hydrogen. The DIY will be renamed Rover shortly by Horizon Educational as they expand and update their current products. We just happen to be on the front edge of this transition so these titles will be used interchangeably going forward.

    1. The kits will include the DIY documentation that has a step by step guide for the teachers and students to assemble a rover. (Email version available also)
    2. The students will be able to explore the possibilities of hydrogen as a fuel source while assembling their cars.
    3. Once the students build their car they can explore how they run, how far they run on one charge of hydrogen, how they run on different surfaces, etc.
    4. Students troubleshoot ideas to make a “better” car.

Phase 2
Open Ended Design and Build

Students will be placed in groups of 3-6. This will allow students to share design ideas and also learn problem solving skills in a team environment.

The students will create and assemble a new rover of their own design.

    1. The original chassis and wheels can’t be used in the new design.
    2. A new chassis and wheels have to be designed and built by the students. All other components from Phase 1 will still be used.
    3. The addition of a body is strongly recommended but not necessary. A body consists of a covering for the majority of the cars working parts, just like our everyday cars.
    4. Schematics of all new parts; chassis, wheels, etc., need to be provided at the final competition. This includes dimensions and materials used.
    5. Parts can’t be downloaded off the internet to be 3D printed. Student designed parts can be 3D printed. Otherwise, household items, etc. can be used.
    6. Students will test their cars and redesign as needed before the final In School Competition.

Phase 3
In School Competition

Each school will hold their own competition among their students. The goal of the competition is to see which car travels the farthest on 1 charge of hydrogen.

    1. The competitions can be held in 2 separate divisions.
      1. Chassis Only
      2. Chassis and Body
    2. The top two winners of each category will move on to the Championships where they will compete against the other schools at a central location. (Yet to be determined)

Phase 4
Digital Documentation

Each school will create and submit a Digital Diary of the entire 2019 Elementary School “Hydrogen Fuel Cell” Car Competition at their school. Complete from initial kit distribution to the final individual school competition. Minimum 5 minutes.

    1. Each individual group should create their own Digital Diary.
    2. Groups can use video, still pictures, PowerPoint, etc.
    3. The schools final video should be a combination of all the groups so we can load it up to the FASE website to highlight your students and school.
    4. Teachers are responsible for any media releases needed for their students.

A compilation of the entire event will be created and produced once the competition is done. This compilation will also be posted to websites of all sponsors and associated companies in order to promote and grow the competition for next year so more schools and students can experience this unique learning opportunity.

Phase 5
Final Race Day

A central location will be determined for the final competition and will be sent out to all schools when finalized. Either a Saturday or Wednesday evening towards the end of May before school gets out.

Horizon Educational will build a raceway for the competition should they have time and resources available.

There will be multiple heats in the different divisions until we have a Grand Champion. Heat format is still being investigated and will be released closer to the race date. Awards will be distributed in a variety of categories.

    1. Car with a Body: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
    2. Car with Chassis only: 1st, 2nd,3rd
    3. Outstanding Chassis and Body Design Award (Including aesthetic features)
    4. Outstanding Digital Diary

We would like as many of the students and teachers who participated in the project, even if they aren’t racing at the final event, to attend the final race day to support their school and for a group photo.

Phase 6
Elementary Statistics

Please provide the following information back to the event organizer when convenient.

    1. School breakdown based on gender, ethnicity, etc.
    2. School breakdown on free and reduced lunch.

Phase 7
Final Checkout

Schools that participate at the final competition may keep their kits for the upcoming years.

Should a school be unable to participate at the final competition they must return their classroom kit.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful event!

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There are many ways to get involved with FASE and our mission. From elementary to high school, FASE supports STEM programs in the Denver-Metro area through collaborative learning experiences, interactive programs, and multi-school competitions. Contact us to find out more about what we can do for your students!





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