Last week, young engineers and programmers aged between 8 – 18 from across Bolton took time out of their summer holiday to participate in a carbon-free initiative called the Arcola Energy Hydrogen Hack. Forming part of the Arcola’s long-running not-for-profit education programme, the Schools Hydrogen Challenge, the event aimed to raise awareness among young people of the benefits of fuel cell and hydrogen technology.

UTC Bolton was one of 10 regional centres across the UK that hosted a Hydrogen Hack event. Throughout the week our young inventors utilised their creativity and engineering skills to create a product powered by a Hydrogen Cell. On the third day of the hack we were visited by Arcola Energy who brought with them a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car for participants to explore!

A huge congratulations to everyone who participated, especially Team LZJZ who were given a special mention by the judges for their Braille Game Motor Car. UTC Bolton would also like to thank mentors Rob, Ella, Collette and Levi who supported our team.

“We are delighted to have been able to host the North West heat. It was a really creative, innovative and fun way for young people to learn more about clean energy and the role it plays in ensuring a sustainable future for everyone.” – Liam McDaid, Principal