Hundreds of Inland Empire Middle School Students to Attend Math & Science Day at Auto Club Speedway


SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (Sept. 30 , 2010) -  School will be in session at Auto Club Speedway on Friday, Oct. 8 when hundreds of local middle school students will spend a day at the Speedway to learn about the applications of math and science in racing.

To get students excited about math and science, Auto Club Speedway, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and several educational partners including state and local colleges are offering over 600 middle students from local Inland Empire schools the opportunity to spend the day listening to speakers and participating in activities and demonstrations.

Speakers will include Gillian Zucker, president of Auto Club Speedway, Dr. Gary Thomas, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, Ph.D, author of “The Physics of NASCAR: How to Make Steel + Gas + Rubber = Speed.”

In addition to speakers, students will observe and participate in a series of activities demonstrating how math and science concepts are used in the sport of racing.  The demonstrations will include learning about Force-Height, Friction-Speed, Mass Velocity and Friction-Distance.

To end their day at Auto Club Speedway, the students will see math and science concepts in action by attending the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice session for the Pepsi MAX 400 and the NNS practice for the CampingWorld.com 300 race.

Educational partners teaming up with Auto Club Speedway include: Alliance for Education; Baldy View ROP; Barstow Community College; California State University, San Bernardino; Chaffey College; Ontario-Montclair School District; San Bernardino Community College District; San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools – ROP; The Alpha Center; and University of California, Riverside.

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