Schools To Participate In Indianapolis 500 Education Program Study Trips

Posted On April 01, 2014

Press release from 500 Festival

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – For the 11th year, thousands of Hoosier fourth-grade students will learn about Indiana’s legendary motorsports culture through the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health.

This year, six local schools will participate in the program and will attend one of the eight Study Trips to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The schools include Batesville Intermediate, Jac-Cen-Del Elementary, Laurel Elementary, Manchester Elementary, Moores Hill Elementary, and South Ripley Elementary.

The Education Program is packed with information including an Indiana Academic Standard-based curriculum, teacher materials, a video and the unique opportunity for an educational Study Trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway® in April or May.

During the course of the Study Trip, fourth-grade classrooms travel from station to station to learn more about IMS and the Indianapolis 500®. Stations include, but are not limited to, a scavenger hunt in the IMS Hall of Fame Museum, a tour of the Pagoda and Victory Podium, seeing an IndyCar up close and personal, and a tour of the Medical Hospital that is used throughout the month of May. There are two new stations at this year’s Study Trip. The Driver Equipment station shows students the ins and outs of a driver’s helmet and what drivers need to wear on race day to stay safe. The Numbers of the 500 station encourages students to think quickly on their feet as they will be given math equations to solve through a Jeopardy game.

This year more than 25,000 Indiana fourth graders will participate in the award-winning program, with approximately 9,000 students attending a Study Trip. More than 250,000 students have participated since the program’s inception in 2004.

The Education Program is offered to only the fourth-grade because the program is designed to coincide with the fourth-grade focus on Indiana state history.

2014 by the numbers:    

Schools enrolled: 368 with 1,112 classrooms

Number of students participating: 25,508

Number of Indiana counties participating: 83 of 92 (90%)

Number of Study Trips to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®: 8

The 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program is sponsored by the 500 Festival, 500 Festival Foundation, Indianapolis Motor Speedway®, Indiana University Health, Methodist Health Foundation, Regions, AAA Travel, American Dairy Association of Indiana, Inc., BKD, LLP and the Verizon IndyCar Series®.