The 10th annual Auto Club Speedway’s STEM Day is expected to draw some 500 eighth-grade students from 12 middle schools in San Bernardino County on March 15 as part of the Auto Club 400 Weekend.
The students will have an opportunity to do hands-on engineering and math exercises with student volunteers from local colleges and universities, as well as interact with exhibitors.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are foundations of the motorsports industry. Students also will be introduced to several speakers, including NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers.
For schools participating in the STEM Day events, they include the following and their districts:
- Almeria Middle, Fontana Unified;
- Barstow Junior High, Barstow Unified;
- Day Creek and Etiwanda Intermediate, Etiwanda School District;
- Foothill Knolls Academy of Innovation, Upland Unified;
- Lucerne Valley Middle School, Lucerne Valley Unified;
- Mariana Elementary and Vanguard Prep, Apple Valley Unified;
- Quail Valley Middle, Snowline Joint Unified;
- Terrace Hills Middle, Colton Joint Unified;
- Vineyard STEM Magnet School, Ontario-Montclair;
- Yermo Elementary, Silver Valley Unified.
As part of its sponsorship, King Taco will be rewarding students with a pair of reserved grandstand tickets to the Auto Club 400 race that will take place on March 17. Jersey Mike’s Subs will sponsor lunch by providing its signature subs.
STEM Day is made possible with funding from its major sponsor, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. Additional sponsors include Toyota, including John Elway’s Crown Toyota, Toyota Motor Sales and Toyota Financial Services; King Taco; Goodyear; Jersey Mike’s Subs; and the Inland Empire United Way.
Educational partners teaming up with Auto Club Speedway include San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education, Chaffey College and the MESA Program at University of California, Riverside.