Arval launches school education pack in partnership with Hydrogen Hub

By Nick Batten on 10 April, 2019

Swindon-based vehicle leasing firm, Arval has created a new set of teaching resources focusing on hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

Developed in partnership with the Hydrogen Hub, the education pack supports the Chemistry element of Triple Science for GCSE students, providing teachers with a learning resource that is freely downloadable online.

The pack introduces pupils to fuel cells as a solution to tackling climate change. Following a successful launch at two Swindon-based schools, Bradon Forest and Nova Hreod Academy, the resource is available to view and download on the teacher resource website, TES, via the following link.

Rory Mathews from the Hydrogen Hub explained, “As a former teacher and Teach First Ambassador I know the quality of resources produced by industry specialists can be extremely high. Often though, the topics covered are not those that need to be taught in schools and so these resources get overlooked.

“It has been a pleasure to have been given the opportunity by Arval to produce this fuel cells lesson pack. I am confident that using our specialist knowledge at the Hydrogen Hub and tailoring the content to cover crucial exam content we have produced a resource that delivers high-quality learning for students and is extremely valuable to teachers.”

Pupils at the Swindon launch, which is where Arval’s UK Head Office is based, were able to see a variety of hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles, and get their hands on a fuel cell provided by Fuel Cell Systems, as part of lessons delivered by the Hydrogen Hub team.

Dr Jannine Clapp, head of science from Nova Hreod Academy said, “Having the opportunity to see first-hand how technology can be used for cars in a real-world application was a real bonus for our triple science students. And this lesson along with the excellent resources created by Arval, Hydrogen Hub and Fuel Cell Systems for schools will help support the scientists of the future. Thank you for coming in to share with our school.”

Arval – which is part of the BNP Paribas banking group – joined the Hydrogen Hub in 2017 to better understand the practicalities of operating hydrogen vehicles through real-world use.

The partnership between the three organisations is set to continue throughout 2019 with a set of hydrogen roadshows at five venues across the country. The roadshow begins on Friday 12th April in Swindon. Read the story here.

Pictured above: Paul Marchment, Hydrogen Vehicle lead at Arval (far left) and Rory Mathews of the Hydrogen Hub (second left) explain the benefits of hydrogen for transport to students from Nova Hreod Academy, Swindon