500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education Program presented by Indiana University Health
Teaching the next generation of race fans
This award winning program for Indiana fourth grade students opens up the world of the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 and their important place in Indiana’s history and culture. Through an Indiana Academic Standards based curriculum, the program offers a variety of interesting and thought-provoking lessons and projects and a unique opportunity to visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for an educational Study Trip during the months of April and May. Fourth grade classrooms must register for the in-class portion to be eligible to attend the Study Trip. Registration for the 2016 Program is now open.
The 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education Program was launched in 2004 with 79 schools, 221 classrooms, and 5,151 students.
Indiana Academic Standards based lesson plans designed to give students an appreciation of the events and history of the 500 Festival and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Lesson plans will be free to schools enrolled in the program.
"It was a worthwhile program. As we study Indiana history in 4th grade, we try to instill in our students pride in their state. Learning about (visiting) IMS helps develop that pride." -Jane Cumberworth, Rushville Elementary.
"Outstanding educational program. Volunteers were courteous & informative. Track atmosphere - exciting. Students absolutely loved it." - Paula Jones, MSD Shakamak.
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