This spring and fall, thousands of eighth graders nationwide will have the opportunity to learn how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) literally power open wheel race cars. Jostens, a Minneapolis-based provider of products, programs and services for schools, and Project Lead The Way (PLTW), an Indianapolis-based provider of STEM education curriculum for middle and high schools, teamed up with INDYCAR, the Indianapolis-based auto racing sanctioning body, to create a hands-on race track program for students. Happening two days before IZOD INDYCAR Series race days, the inaugural program allows students to interact with INDYCAR mechanics, tire changers and other specialists who are required to keep the cars safe and competitive.
The "Future of Fast" program focuses on the power of learning firsthand, helping to bring to life STEM subjects that are often only theoretical in the classroom. The at-track program is a hands-on racetrack program for eighth grade students designed to accelerate learning beyond the walls of the classroom and take the students on the fast track.
"The Future of Fast" at-track events will take place in Indianapolis (May 26); Fort Worth, Texas (June 8); Baltimore (September 1); Houston (October 5 and 6) and Fontana, Calif. (October 19). Each event will involve as many as 1,000 students. Eligible students and schools will be contacted directly by Jostens sales representatives in their local markets.
"This real, relevant, kinesthetic and interactive education program can be a catalyst for thousands of students’ understanding that STEM can be exciting, rewarding and fun to learn," said Lisa Spain, Jostens’ Director of Customer Experience. "STEM education is critical for the next generation’s success both economically and culturally, and Jostens is proud to present this program in collaboration with INDYCAR and PLTW."
Minneapolis-based Jostens supports schools and educators through a variety of products, programs and services that help people tell their stories, celebrate important traditions and recognize achievements. The company's products include school yearbooks and other memory book products, scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products, and products for athletic champions and their fans. Jostens is a subsidiary of Visant Corporation, a marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics sampling and educational and trade publishing segments.