Cars Get Students ‘On Track’ for STEM Careers

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OnTrack program teaches Kentucky students about the technology of Corvettes and other sports cars.

BY DON SERGENT, BOWLING Green Daily News

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — It wasn’t the 110-octane fuel or the race car suspension that captured the attention of sixth-grader Finn Alcott at Bowling Green Junior High School.

Sure, having his tympanic membrane rattled when the 1980 Corvette’s 750-horsepower engine roared to life was cool and all, but Alcott was more interested in the sports car’s sleek lines.

“I’m more into engineering,” Alcott said. “I had a collection of Hot Wheels cars when I was younger, and I always liked this one car that went faster than the others. What it was was aerodynamics.”

That a sixth-grader is even using such scientific terms serves as proof that this past Wednesday’s On Track event is serving the purpose envisioned by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce and Western Kentucky University‘s SKyTeach program.

SKyTeach was created 10 years ago as a way to foster such understanding by helping students pursue careers in math and science education.

To view full article: https://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2018-05-21/revved-up-cars-get-students-on-track-for-stem-careers

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