The presentation, titled “Racing Accelerates Creative Education” (R.A.C.E.), brings students into the world of racing in an engaging way. Joel Miller, a degreed mechanical engineer and factory driver for the Mazda Prototype team, walks students through each of the four sections and provides a first-person narrative on how his education in STEM allowed him to succeed in the world of racing.
“IF WE CAN MOTIVATE EVEN A HANDFUL OF KIDS AT EACH SCHOOL TO EXPLORE A STEM CAREER, WE’VE SUCCEEDED.”
“Auto racing is fun, exciting and on the leading edge of new technologies,” said Miller. “We use that to show that there are more than 60 careers directly related to STEM in our industry and countless more in other industries. When the program ends and the students walk outside to see the race car, the big lesson is that anything is possible if they dream big. If we can motivate even a handful of kids at each school to explore a STEM career, we’ve succeeded.”
Dozens of people are critical to winning a race and if the motorsports industry is to have a strong future with passionate people working in each role, Mazda Motorsports leads the way in motivating future STEM superstars to go for their dreams.