Saturday, August 17, 2013

FIRST and 3M team up
with NASCAR driver Greg Biffle

What do science education and sports car racing have in common? Hundreds of kids and parents will find out this Sunday, August 18, during the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Race as FIRST and 3M team up with NASCAR driver Greg Biffle to ignite kids’ passion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Families will rally around the track in Brooklyn, Michigan to watch Biffle race the No. 16 Ford Fusion, vying for a winning spot with just four races left before the season cut-off. During this race, Biffle will prominently display the red, white and blue FIRST logo on the hood of his car. Biffle is helping the organization and partner, 3M, educate families about the exciting career connection between science and sports. 

Families are in for a fast-paced thrill this weekend,” said Biffle. “Just as FIRST offers robotic competitions that combine the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, the FIRST teams and their families will learn ‘first hand’ that speed racing is also based on the application of building and engineering fast-paced machines, offering heart-pounding lessons in innovation.

Biffle’s awareness efforts at the NASCAR event will underscore a long-standing collaboration that 3M and FIRST have based on a common goal: to inspire young, innovative and creative minds to explore science and technology via hands-on robotics challenges.

Be sure to tune into ESPN on Sunday, August 18th at 1PM ET to see the No. 16 FIRST Ford Fusion car in action!

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