BALTIMORE - It is several million dollars of carbon fiber and raw power.
But what really makes it move is math.
Yes there is math; lots of it in just about everything that makes a car go.
Power to weight ratios, drag coefficients, kinetic energy verses torque, fuel octane ratios, how much wood can a wood chuck chuck you get the drift.
And while the drivers get the glory it's the engineers that get them there.
That's why it’s important to get the next generation of engineers, scientists and techs out of the classroom and out in the world.
“I just like solving things and figuring out how things work." High School Junior Nyasia Dean says.
Project lead the way, one of the nation's leading STEM educators has partnered with Indy car to bring what students learn in school to life by showing them the more practical ways that science, technology engineering and math lead to really cool stuff.
"Not everybody can be a professional race car driver but there are many jobs and opportunities around our sport and those that have the aptitude for science and math get exposed to this and see the opportunities in the future.” Indy Car Vice President of Marketing Kasey Coler says.
Engineers take race tech and turn it into every day tech.
Practical applications to practical real world problems.
This experiment looks at drag coefficients, or how aerodynamics allow for fuel efficiency....things that were developed for the track are now in your Ford or Toyota.
By peaking young interests now, especially those of young women, whose numbers in engineering and science are low, you get young minds think of ways to make things better.
One of these students may be the next Stephanie Kwolek who invented the Kevlar in car tires.
“I'm in chemistry with her and we are doing like atoms and stuff and focus on that kind of thing.” STEM Student Sarah Weatherly says.
“You can go into research and develop new substances and materials for daily use.”
More than a thousand area students will get a chance to do these experiments.
Building young minds, and hopefully leading to the next really cool thing, like flying cars.
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