STEM on the Raceway

by RaeAnne Marsh

Briefs_Octane-Edited-PhotoGetting into summer camps seemed an attractive business move for Octane Raceway, but General Manager JP Mullan says the company wanted to offer a program with quality educational value. Brought together with Engineering for Kids, in the East Valley, they partnered to “come up with a one-of-a-kind inspiring summer camp” that, says Mullan, they hoped would be equally attractive to kids and their parents, and launched it last month.

The program is built around STEM education. Summer camps are week-long classes that include exploring an aspect of engineering — such as automobile propulsion — and put it to practical application in cart racing.

Classes this summer include “Momentum Madness,” in which students will build dragsters from a standard dragster template and use the engineering design process to run a series of tests that teach laws of motion, and “Hydraulic Machines,” dealing with machinery and tools that use liquid fluid power to do simple work.

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