Hydrogen Technology and Education Curriculum

HyTEC teacher training

Local high school teachers participating in a HyTEC training workshop hosted by SERC (Photo Credit SERC)

Project partners Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) at UC Berkeley, SERC, and AC Transit Authority were recently awarded an additional $150,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to further develop the Hydrogen Technology and Education Curriculum (HyTEC). As subcontractor on this project, SERC’s involvement to date includes curriculum development, teacher training, pilot testing in the classroom, and the development of hands-on laboratory kits that feature student operated fuel cells and electrolyzers.

HyTEC is a two-week module targeted for high school chemistry and environmental science students that features hands-on laboratory activities, readings and calculations, and issues based role-play activities. We recently completed revisions to the curriculum based on feedback from California classroom pilot tests and teacher workshops. The additional DOE funding will help meet the project’s multi-year goal of national field testing and dissemination of the curriculum to a large, national audience of students and teachers.

About Allison Hansberry

Allison's responsibilities include program administration and development and coordination of SERC's education and outreach program. Her work includes planning, analyzing and evaluating SERC's fiscal and operational policies and procedures, providing assistance with and leadership in pre-and-post award grant and contract managment, developing educational materials for SERC's K-12 outreach program, managing the Docent Program, and publishing SERC's quarterly newsletter. Allison graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Botany minor. Her degree combines the disciplines of Environmental Science, Appropriate Technology, and Sustainable Agriculture. When not engaged in work and raising a family, Allison pursues her interest in native bees, plant/pollinator interactions, and climate change impacts on phenology. She joined SERC in 2001.