January 17, 2011 Hersham, U.K.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum and Air Products, industrial gas manufacturer and global market leader in hydrogen infrastructure, have joined forces to educate children about sustainable energy. A brand new exhibit provides children with a unique interactive experience, whilst the launch of a competition brings the theme to the classroom; challenging children from around the country to design a hydrogen-powered town.
Eureka!’s newest exhibit is an Air Products hydrogen car fuel pump in the Garage section of the role-play gallery, ‘Living and Working Together’. As with the other exhibits in the gallery’s child-sized town, in the Garage children pretend to play at adult life, maintaining and driving cars, refuelling or changing tyres and learning what’s ‘under the bonnet’.
The hydrogen fuel pump exhibit aims to educate children about alternative sources of energy. Located beside conventional fuel pump exhibits, children are able to understand their choices for decreasing the environmental impact of driving a car.
Ian Williamson, Director of Hydrogen Energy Systems at Air Products and President of the European Hydrogen Association said: “We are passionate about developing a greener future for everyone and have installed over 120 hydrogen fuelling stations around the world. Raising public awareness about the benefits of hydrogen fuel is an important part of the work we do. Our involvement with Eureka! is a fantastic way to spread the word about hydrogen energy to future generations.”
Visitors to Eureka! were first introduced to alternative energy technologies with the Power Wall exhibit. Launched in March 2009, the Power Wall demonstrates how clean energy is generated and distributed. The hydrogen car pump builds on this concept by introducing hydrogen powered vehicles as a possible part of daily life. Both exhibits have been designed keeping the complex nature of alternative energy sources in mind, and will be able to change as technology evolves. With the completion of the new exhibit, Air Products is inviting schools across the North to join children nationally in a competition that asks Year 5 and 8 classes to show what their town might look like if it was powered by hydrogen. Twelve finalists will compete to win funding for a green project at their school with a first prize of £1500, and three runner-up prizes of £500.
More information about the competition, including instructions for entering, is available on the website at www.wiseupwithhydrojen.co.uk.
HydroJen, the Air Products hydrogen power mascot and the Mayor of Halifax will be available for photographs at Eureka! from 11am – 12pm Thursday 20 January.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. In fiscal 2010, Air Products had revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and 18,300 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
Eureka! is designed especially for children age 0-11, with over 400 hands on exhibits inspiring them to learn about themselves and the world around them through imagination, play and discovery. For visitor information call 01422 330069, visit www.eureka.org.uk, read the Eureka! blog, All in a day’s play, become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. The standard Eureka! ticket is now an Annual Pass. The Annual Pass entitles all of the party paid for on the day of the first visit to come back to Eureka! free of charge as many times as they like over the next 12 months. Adults*: £9.95, Children age 3+ : £9.95, Toddlers age 1-2: £3.45, Babies age 0-11 months: free. Read more about the Annual Pass. Eureka! is open daily 10am–5pm at weekends, during half-terms and holidays. Term-time Eureka! is open 10am –4pm Tuesday - Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on term-time Mondays and between 24-26 December. Eureka! is situated next door to Halifax railway station, just 10 minutes by car from junction 24 of the M62 and 17 miles from Leeds Eureka! is an educational charity no. 292758
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