Thursday, 18 June 2009

London Schools Hydrogen Challenge - Fueling the Minds of the Future

Wow what an exciting day I had!

On Wednesday I had my first appearance in London, at the London Schools Hydrogen Challenge final where a selection of pupils from a range of London Borough schools were lucky enough to reach the final.

I met Professor Hydrogen who taught me and the other children to build a hydrogen car. These cars are the cars of the future and will no doubt be the vehicle these children will purchase as a first car. In fact, I can’t wait to drive one!! I have already been on a hydrogen bus in the US.

I was honoured to take part in the prize draw and announced the final winner of the prestigious competition. Well done to Waldergrave School, Richmond who won first prize of £1,000 which was sponsored by Air Products.
And then, I met with Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse and Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Kit Malthouse said to me: ‘It is great to see London’s school kids learning about new technologies.' I agree with Kit and really think that this will completely change our future.

A pupil, aged 12, from St Thomas More Roman Catholic Comprehensive School in Greenwich, said to me: ‘I really enjoyed learning something new and it was fun.’

I really enjoyed this first day in London – but I still have loads to discover in the capital and the surroundings. I hope to be back soon!!

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