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Ten80 Student Racing Challenge: NASCAR STEM Initiative

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Ten80 Student Racing Challenge: NASCAR STEM Initiative

Posted: 08/14/2012 12:19 PM
Publisher: Ten80 Education
Subject: STEM
Age/grade level: Middle school, High school
Target Audience: General Population, Bilingual, Girls, Ethnically Diverse Audiences
Rating: ***** (5.0 out of 5)
Review submitted by: Jeannie Ruiz

The materials and activities were engaging and interesting for the kids. ***** 5.0
The instructions were clear and permitted me to prepare to lead this activity in a reasonable time. ***** 5.0
I was able to set up the activity and clean up afterwards without difficulty. ***** 5.0
The materials to do the activities were within my program budget. ***** 5.0
Through activities with these materials, kids got the chance to do and learn some science. ***** 5.0

What was great about it?
The Student Racing Challenge uses radio controlled cars as the focus for STEM curriculum in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students practice STEM professions as they earn points in a variety of categories from Creative Engineering to Software certification. One of the categories is free and open to the public: Creative Engineering Monthly Challenge is a "hacker" challenge. It encourages students to reverse engineer and/or redesign found objects. Each month a video intros the challenge, and students upload their notes/videos/images to earn points in a national competition. The first challenge is to carefully examine and dismantle an object with gears and identify the part crucial to its operation. It's easy, fun, inexpensive and can be done in a session or stretched to multiple afternoons.

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