Friday, April 20, 2018

Speed Into Science Sponsored by Gene Haas Foundation & Code 3 Associates

Speed Into Science Sponsored by Gene Haas Foundation & Code 3 Associates

Take Students Into the Science of Racing at Richmond Raceway

Speed Into Science Sponsored by Gene Haas Foundation & Code 3 Associates

Richmond Raceway hosted 300 eighth grade students from schools in the greater Richmond region for the second annual Speed Into Science, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational event, sponsored by the Gene Haas Foundation and Code 3 Associates. As part of the event, students had the opportunity to learn about the science of racing with NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) driver for Stewart-Haas Racing with Biagi-DenBeste, Cole Custer.

“Our second annual Speed Into Science education event continues our impact in the greater Richmond region to share the science of racing through STEM,” said Richmond President Dennis Bickmeier. “Thanks to the Gene Haas Foundation, Code 3 Associates, and RVA STEM for supporting this event to better the future of students in our community.”

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00, is running full-time in the NXS for Stewart-Haas Racing team.
Custer, driver of the No. 00, is running full-time in the NXS for Stewart-Haas Racing team. He has risen from racing in Quarter Midgets at age four to Late Models to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) to competing in the NXS.

Custer claimed his first win in the NXS in 2017 and earned his first top ten finish in the NXS in 2016’s ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond. Custer has two career wins in the CWTS and one win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and Arca Racing Series.

“It means a lot to get to teach kids the science of racing because they're the future of our sport,” said Custer. “There is obviously a lot of science that goes into racing that people don't know about and letting kids see that is awesome. It's extremely important for kids to know the science behind racing because that’s what makes racing so interesting. The students get to take what they learned in the classroom and experience in person the hands-on science that goes into racing.”

“The Gene Haas Foundation believes in America's youth,” said Joe Custer, president, Stewart-Haas Racing. “Tomorrow's leaders are in our classrooms today; those students that strive to excel by participating in programs like STEM should be commended and we are thrilled to support them.”

“In 1999, Gene Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund grants that target needs of the local Ventura community where Haas Automation is located. These grants support the underserved of the community primarily children,” said Kathy Looman, Foundation Administrator at the Gene Haas Foundation. “Over the years, the foundation has grown and expanded embracing the ‘teach a man to fish’ principal. The foundation has granted over 35 million dollars in grants to school programs focusing on scholarships for manufacturing technology students. This STEM field is anticipating two million open jobs over the next 10 years. The foundation has granted a total of over 50 million dollars in grants since its inception in 1999."

Speed Into Science consists of four turns (i.e. stations), developed alongside local science teachers, focusing on force and motion, chemistry, sound, and thermal energy and friction. The first turn uses distracted driver and airbag simulators, and crash barrier experiments to teach force and motion. The second turn uses hands-on chemistry experiments that let the kids see chemistry happening before their eyes.

“CODE 3 Associates, in conjunction with Array Sports, is proud to partner with Richmond Raceway for their Speed Into Science program,” said Eric Bagdikian, President & Motorsports Operations Director, Code 3 Associates. “Speed Into Science provides an opportunity that allows students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the track. Racing is, and always will be, heavily dependent on science, technology, engineering, and math.”

In turn three, pace car experiments with Doppler speakers, police radar and race engine power demos teach students about sound. The final turn uses infrared video imaging, tire heat and measurements, for students to learn about thermal energy and friction. The curriculum for the event was developed in partnership with RVAStem and a group of amazing volunteer teachers.

“ is pleased to be a part of the second annual Speed Into Science in conjunction with Richmond Raceway,” said Eric Sundberg, Founder of RVA STEM. “The event is designed to bring to life the STEM topics students are learning about in school. We hope this will aid comprehension and improve scores on the Standards of Learning tests.”

As part of Speed Into Science, Page Custom Rods & Restorations of Oilville, Va. provided several classic cars to showcase as part of the event. Custer drove one of the classic cars as part of Turn 4 on friction and thermal energy.

Speed Into Science Sponsored by Gene Haas Foundation & Code 3 Associates

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