About the Ponaganset High School Fuel Cell Education Initiative



Ponaganset High School is a relatively rural school in the northwest corner of urban Rhode Island. About a thousand students attend the school, which to a large extent is the social hub of Foster and Glocester, the two communities that it serves. Ponaganset High has earned the reputation of being a good school with a tradition of excellence in many areas, especially music and science. Ponaganset’s most notable graduate is Colonel Sherwood “Woody” Spring, class of ’63, who went on to become an astronaut in the NASA space shuttle program.

The establishment of the Fuel Cell Education Initiative comes after the implementation of a 2kW solar panel array. This important addition to the school's energy system was a keystone to achieving further excellence in demonstrating sustainability. To read a detailed report on both the history and future of the Fuel Cell Education Initiative, please click here (warning: may take awhile to load).

The mission of Ponaganset High School’s Fuel Cell Education Initiative is to further the understanding of fuel cell technology and implement it into the high school science curriculum. To achieve this goal, a year-long elective course entitled Fuel Cell Systems is currently being offered at Ponaganset High School located in North Scituate, RI. Among the projects for this course was the research, design, and creation of a fully operational fuel cell-powered Quadracycle, Rhode Island’s first fuel cell vehicle.  Work is well underway on our current vehicle project, a full-size, street-legal, battery-electric/fuel cell hybrid Model T hotrod.

You can read a brief description and see all of the Fuel Cell Education Initiative's Projects by clicking here.