By Brian Israel, U.S. Army Racing, Toll Free: 1-855-Ten80Ed (836-8033) ext. 4April 16, 2012

U.S. Army Brings STEM Education to Life with Ten80 Partnership
U.S. Army Capt. Marlene Coleman, (left), along with Terri Stripling, Ten80 Education President; Ryan Newman, driver of No. 39 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Car and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Reuben D. Jones announce a new partnership between the U.S. Army and Te... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL



Students Get Revved-Up For Interactive Racing Challenge

FORT WORTH, Texas (April 14, 2012) - The U.S. Army and Ten80 Education

announced today a partnership focusing on immersing students in real-life

applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)


The U.S. Army was seeking a high-performance educational initiative that is

research-based, compelling for youth and reaches a widely underserved

audience. The level of engineering and teamwork on display at the race track

is reflective of the Army's leading-edge technology and the powerful,

realistic training of its Army Strong Soldiers making this program the right

fit for the U.S. Army and for the NASCAR STEM Initiative. A complete list

of Army STEM-focused programs can be found at


Just like today's Soldiers, students' physical, mental and emotional

strength will be put to the test as they work in teams and compete to

optimize performance of a 1:10 scale radio-controlled (RC) racecar.

Four regions are sponsored by the Army: Boston (March 22), Dallas (April

12), Atlanta (May 3) and Charlotte, N.C., (May 12). The May 2012 National

Finals will be held at the Stewart-Haas Racing Shop in Kannapolis, N.C.

Stewart-Haas Racing's Ryan Newman, driver of the Army's No. 39 NASCAR Sprint

Cup Series car and holder of an engineering degree, will join Tony

Schumacher, driver of the Army's NHRA Top Fuel dragster, and Antron Brown,

his teammate and Top Fuel rival with Don Schumacher Racing, to participate

in the regional events.

Their sponsorship makes it possible for new teams to join the STEM league

and to benefit from regional competitions and support events with

professional mentors. Teachers benefit from professional development

focused on project-based education and learn how to integrate STEM ideals

into science and math classrooms. The U.S. Army also is sponsoring one

winning team from each region to travel to the 2012 Ten80 National Finals in


"NASCAR racing is one of the few sports that actively use science,

technology, engineering and math in real time," said Jeff Thompson,

mechanical engineer and vice president of technology for Ten80 Education.

"For every one driver, hundreds of technicians and engineers are behind the

scenes making this week's win a possibility. Our student teams operate the

same way."

The Student Racing Challenge is a project-based curriculum for students in

grades six through 12 built on the themes of motorsports and safe,

sustainable transportation. Students across 27 states that work with

Ten80's coalition of engineers and educators collaborate and compete through

challenges that directly parallel the arduous preparation of real NASCAR


With more than 14 million possible setup combinations for the car, Ten80

Student Racing Challenge offers a wide range of subjects for investigation,

according to Terri Stripling, president of Ten80 Education. From basic

scientific method to upper-level calculus, the program works to bring

real-world math modeling to students of all backgrounds and talents,

including a focus on underserved student populations.

Like NASCAR teams, Student Racing Challenge teams also seek sponsorship and

media presence to earn points as well as notoriety. Points leaders and

regional winners compete in the Ten80's National Finals, a fast-paced

weekend of racing and presentations similar to those at a science and

technology fair.

"We've worked hard over the last decade to create a focused and engaging

curriculum and coalition to support students at all ability levels," said

Beverly Simmons, former middle school science teacher, Georgia Presidential

Awardee and Co-chair of the Ten80 Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization and

sanctioning body for the student league. "We couldn't be more proud of our

partnership with NASCAR, our higher education affiliates and now the U.S.

Army. This will take this important mission to a whole new level."

The core of Ten80 Education was founded in the 1990s when a team of teachers

spearheaded by Simmons reached out to their community looking for ways to

develop authentic classroom applications for math and science. Though they

didn't know it at the time, the engineers, technicians and professors who

answered the questions were forming the first Ten80 Engineer-Educator teams.

Since then, Ten80 Education has continued to pair STEM professionals with

educators to provide professional development for K-12 teachers and to

develop innovative and effective supplemental K-12 programs.

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For additional information, contact:

Terri Stripling, Ten80 Education

Brian Israel, U.S. Army Racing

Toll Free: 1-855-Ten80Ed (836-8033) ext. 4

Phone: 651-485-3420

Email: tstripling@ten80education.com

Email: bisrael@webershandwick.com