Toyota is teaching teens how to build fuel-cell cars

Small, remote-controlled cars, that is.

Toyota has launched a new project to teach high school students how to build fuel cell cars. Well, OK, the company is teaching them how to build small, remote-controlled fuel cell cars, but it's hoping that's enough to ignite their interest in the technology. The automaker's Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge isn't a full-blown, multi-year program like the drone and robotics course offered at one Japanese high school. But it will teach teens about climate change and the importance of alternative energy for a whole semester.

Toyota national vehicle marketing manager Doug Coleman said:

"The Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge provides an opportunity to introduce the next generation of innovators to fuel cell technology. We hope this challenge encourages students to join Toyota in the effort to create a more eco-conscious and sustainable future."

The project is now active in 20 high schools in Los Angeles and Orange County with multicultural student bodies. Besides helping them build their own RC cars, Toyota will also have the students tackle the various challenges its own engineers encountered while designing its full-sized fuel cell-powered vehicle, the Mirai. Once they're done making their toy vehicles, they can finally have some fun: they'll have to demonstrate their creations by racing them against each other with help from Toyota's NASCAR Pit Crew.