From left Ashley Coates, 17, Dejanique Williams, 17, Stephen Wallace, 17, Breana Adams, 17, Tristan Slande, 18, all students at University Prep Science and Math High School in Detroit learn about the inner workings of a car by along with hundreds of other students from around Michigan at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit on Thursday (Heather Rousseau / Special to The Detroit News)
Detroit — Nearly 300 of students from 12 schools participated Thursday in a new program sponsored by the U.S. Army that uses race cars to teach science, technology, engineering and math skills.
In the Ten80 Student Racing Challenge, teams of students work to maximize the performance of remote-control cars for racing against each other. The teams faced off at the Detroit Science Center during Thursday’s event.
Prima Civitas, a Michigan nonprofit working to improve the state’s economy, has worked with the national Ten80 team over the past year to find Michigan schools to participate in the year-long program. Participating high schools at Thursday’s program were from Detroit, Grand Rapids, Saginaw and Ingham County.
“This is an exciting opportunity to get world-class innovation in front of students, where they think up solutions to challenges presented to them in the shape of a remote-controlled car,” said Steven Bennett, Prima Civitas’ vice president and chief program officer.
Winning schools in Ten80 go on to a national competition.
The program is aligned with Common Core Standards for math and English language arts as well as Next Generation Science Standards for middle and high school students.
Mark Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for marketing, and director of the Army Marketing and Research Group, said the Army “supports high-performance education initiatives that are research-based, and reach a widely underserved audience.”