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Behind the Wheel: Ten80 Education, U.S. Army Team up to Drive Student Interest in STEM Initiative

WHO: Six hundred tech-savvy high school students and instructors from Pomona, Calif. and Phoenix, Ariz., U.S. Army
WHAT: A brand new competition season for future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals is upon us. Ten80 Education and the U.S. Army will sponsor a pair of regional kickoff events in Las Vegas, Nevada and Atlanta, Georgia. High school students will engage with mentors, drivers, higher education partners and event sponsors.
Students will get the unique chance to mirror professional motorsports teams through project-based STEM learning activities while beginning driver mechanics and race certification activities.

WHEN: April 4, 2013 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 2, 2013 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Las Vegas Motor Speedway Commerce Speedway
7000 Las Vegas Blvd N 500 East Ridgeway Road
Las Vegas, NV 89115 Commerce, Georgia 30529

ABOUT Student Racing Challenge:

Ten80 Student Racing Challenge is a project-based STEM curriculum for middle and high school students based on the themes of motorsports and sustainable, safe transportation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is also a National STEM Competition League and coalition of partners which motivate and support students and teachers.
Students compete and collaborate with each other through the internet or face-to-face at local events, regional events and at the National Finals to be held at Z-MAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May 2013. Schools can form teams in out-of-school clubs, engineering electives, career-tech courses, and/or math and science classes. Projects range from graphic design to 3-D CAD modeling and conversion of your team car to run on a hydrogen fuel cell.
The U.S. Army is sponsoring 10 regions of the Ten80 Student Racing Challenge, including Southern California, Phoenix, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas and Atlanta, with grants to enhance project based STEM offerings for students to help connect math, science, and project activities. Teachers in each region interested in entering their school are encouraged to form a team and can receive materials and travel stipends for events. For more information please visit

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Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura