Last week, we had a conversation with INDYCAR’s Vice President of Marketing, Kasey Coler, to discuss their new STEM Education Days program. The series has been piloting the program in select markets this season, taking engineers from various teams and partners as well as drivers like JR Hildebrand to local high schools to discuss the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that goes into making an IZOD IndyCar Series machine race at 220+ mph. So far, the series has been to Iowa, Baltimore, and Fontana and the program has been very well received by all involved, especially the students. In addition to INDYCAR coming out to the schools, they’ve also brought the students out to the track to experience all that they’re learning in the classroom put to arduous test in one of the most competitive and diverse forms of motorsport on the planet. Next season, the plan is to have a STEM Education Day at every one of the domestic races and more involvement from educators everywhere. If you’re a frequent visitor to OpenPaddock, then you know how strongly this program resonates with me! It’s great to see INDYCAR not only investing in the future drivers of the IZOD IndyCar Series through the Mazda Road to Indy, but also investing in the young people that will develop the new technology, engineering methods, and science that drives the sport we all love.
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