“Bank of America Students at the Speedway” to Celebrate NASCAR Day; Provide Students with a Math and Science-Enriched Experience
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – also known as STEM – are as critical to the success of NASCAR as tires, an engine, fuel and a steering column. To demonstrate the importance of learning about STEM in school, Bank of America and The NASCAR Foundation will host 100 local middle school students today at Daytona International Speedway for the “Bank of America Students at the Speedway” program to help celebrate NASCAR Day, the sport’s annual charitable celebration that benefits children across the nation. As the centerpiece of the program, NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace and Bank of America East Central Florida Market President Sam Willett will lead the students in a racing-themed interactive game focused on Math.
Students from David C. Hinson Senior Middle, Indian Trail Middle, Buddy Taylor Middle and Campbell Middle will participate in a variety of activities designed to demonstrate the critical role that STEM plays in the sport of NASCAR, while exposing them to the kinds of exciting careers they can pursue by concentrating on these important subjects. The program is a natural extension of the bank’s ongoing support of education. Bank of America invested over $20 million in 2009 for academic achievement, dropout prevention and mentoring programs.
“Teachable moments don’t always come within the confines of the classroom,” said Sam Willett, East Central Florida market president for Bank of America. “It’s our hope that through what students learn about STEM during Bank of America’s Students at the Speedway will encourage these kids and provide a practical application of how science, technology, engineering and math can impact their future.”
Bank of America, The NASCAR Foundation, Daytona International Speedway and a team of engineer-educators from Ten80 Education organized the event activities for students which include:
· “Bank of America STEM 500,” a racing-themed interactive game demonstrating how math is applied to the daily operations and finances of a race team; Bank of America associates will assist the students.
· Tour of the track/infield to showcasing how STEM applies to track banking, refueling strategies, drive lines, etc.
· A variety of stations including the FastTrack RC National STEM League in which students authentically apply STEM to optimize performance of remote-control cars just like motorsports professionals.
· Students will also receive a ticket for the Coke Zero 400 on July 3 at Daytona International Speedway.
Additionally, Ten80 Education will provide professional development to 20 middle school teachers so they can effectively bring race-themed STEM education back to the classroom. Schools will also receive STEM curriculum kits and the FastTrack RC program so the initiative can extend to all students at each of the four schools.
“Volusia County Schools is thrilled to be part of NASCAR Day 2010 and how it will give middle school students an opportunity to gain an understanding of STEM and how it’s critical to the motorsports industry. We appreciate the sponsorship of this event and look forward to incorporating the donated FastTrack RC Kits and other STEM materials into our curriculum,” said Margaret Bambrick, mathematics specialist, Volusia County Schools.
NASCAR Day is an annual charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables fans and corporate partners to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. The Daytona Beach project is one of five keystone events taking place today aimed at helping children live happier, healthier lives. The “Big Five” projects include: partnering with Bank of America for a racing-themed educational initiative at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.; renovation and race theme decoration of a portion of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service in Atlanta, Ga.; working with Sprint, Inc. for a playground build at the Kansas City Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City, Mo.; A Place for Hope project outside Charlotte, N.C. and a fundraiser at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. to support Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
For more information, please visit the website at WWW.NASCAR.COM/NASCARDay.
About Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 58 million consumer and small business relationships with more than 5,900 retail banking offices, more than 18,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with nearly 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients in more than 150 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
About The NASCAR Foundation
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR Family and its commitment to serving communities. The Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support non-profit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation
About NASCAR Day
Annually celebrated on the third Friday in May, NASCAR Day is a charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables fans and partners to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. NASCAR Day encourages fans to make a $5 donation for a collectible lapel pin which in turn will support programs that help children live happier, healthier lives. Since it began in 2004, NASCAR Day has raised nearly $8 million for charity. Bring your family and friends to a NASCAR Day service project and experience how together you can improve the lives of those we care about the most. Visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/NASCARDay to register as a NASCAR Day team member, to find out about volunteer opportunities or to learn more about how The NASCAR Foundation is helping children in need.