BLUE BELL A team of 11 Montgomery County Community College engineering students are designing and building a hydrogen cell-powered urban concept vehicle to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2016 in Detroit this spring, the school announced.

The team - MC3 Engineering INNOVA - has launched a campaign on GoFundMe to help raise the money needed to complete the vehicle. The goal is to raise $15,000, which, the school said, is to be used to purchase materials and pay for student travel expenses to Detroit.

The campaign is coordinated with the school's Foundation and First Giving, making all donations tax-deductible. To visit the GoFundMe page, go to

The project is led by students and associate professor William Brownlowe.

"The designing and building of INNOVA gives our students an incredible hands-on opportunity to engage in real-world research and development not often found at a community college," Brownlowe said in a statement.

Urban concept vehicles are designed for city use and may travel a maximum speed of 25 m.p.h. - Inquirer staff