500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education Program

presented by Indiana University Health

Combine 4th Grade Learning With Meaningful Fun! 

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The 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health, is a free program that immerses Indiana 4th grade students in the world of the Indianapolis 500 and 500 Festival, exploring their important place in Indiana’s history and culture. The Education Program takes place in the spring and is open to all Indiana 4th grade classrooms, providing teachers with engaging lessons and classroom materials. More than a field trip, the Education Program is a combination of in-class curriculum – based on Indiana Academic Standards – and an optional Study Trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway or a Mobile Study Trip to your school, bringing the classroom lessons to life.

This award-winning program is an engaging addition to the 4th grade curriculum. The 500 Festival provides lesson plans and student materials to each classroom enrolled in the program, including Indiana standards-based lessons, supporting materials for specific lessons, and an educational video series to compliment the lessons. The lessons meet academic standards for language arts, health, math, science, social studies, visual arts and physical education.

There is no cost to participate in the Education Program, but each classroom needs to register to receive the updated curriculum and be eligible for study trips and mobile trips.


Study Trips & mobile trips

The Education Program’s checkered flag are its Study Trips and Mobile Trips. Participating schools have the opportunity to host a Mobile Trip, conducted at their school in March, or a Study Trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in April. During the visit, students will put classroom lessons into action at interactive, hands-on educational stations. Mobile Trips and Study Trips are available at no cost to participating schools. Due to demand, these trips are assigned through a lottery system. To register for the Study Trip and Mobile Trip lottery, the school must also be registered for the in-class Education Program by October 7, 2017.


The 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health, was launched in 2004. Since then, it has impacted more than 300,000 Indiana students and 11,000 classrooms. In 2017, 375 schools participated in the Education Program, impacting more than 27,000 Indiana fourth graders in nearly every Indiana county.


Questions? Contact: Lauren Coyle, LCoyle@500Festival.com, 317.269.0418



“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 (and visiting) IMS helps develop that pride.”
Jane Cumberworth, Rushville Elementary

“Outstanding educational program. Study Trip volunteers were courteous & informative. Track atmosphere – exciting. Students absolutely loved it.”
Paula Jones, MSD Shakamak