California Educators – Ten80 Receives Laboratory Science “D” Engineering Approval

Posted December 4, 2018 by Toni Cerbo

Ten80 Education’s Student Racing Challenge has earned approval for Laboratory Science “D” Engineering from the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).

California recognizes the Racing curriculum for providing fundamental knowledge to develop and encourage scientific habits of mind important for university-level studies. The curriculum meets the eight practices of science and engineering identified by the National Research Council Framework and detailed within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

  1. Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering).
  2. Developing and using models.
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations.
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data.
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking.
  6. Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering).
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence.
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

By demonstrating compliance with the NGSS, Ten80’s Racing Challenge gives students opportunities to experience learning in evidence-based, non-traditional ways while preparing them for university-level study in any scientific or science-related discipline. The “laboratory” designation identifies the curriculum is empirical-based with the inclusion of substantial experimental and/or observational activity.

“We are absolutely delighted with this recognition and it is an important component of Ten80’s ongoing commitment to providing high-quality STEM education,” says Terri Stripling, Ten80’s President and CEO. “We strive to exceed expectations in every aspect of our work, so it is especially gratifying to have the University of California recognize the Student Racing Challenge as engaging all students in STEM learning and understanding the role of STEM in their lives.”

Ten80 curriculum can be your full 4-year STEM program, connecting concepts between your existing programs. The Student Racing Challenge provides non-consumable materials and comprehensive student-led curriculum that’s fully mapped to the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) & Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) standards.

The more you know . . . the faster you go.

The Student Racing Challenge curriculum is modular. Students own a motorsports business and their ultimate goal is to engineer performance. This includes personal performance, team performance and of course, race performance. From this overarching storyline, students parallel professionals by applying core science and math concepts, using the appropriate technology, to engineer solutions. Engaging in real-world problems and applications, using inquiry, observation, analysis and documentation of results, students will gain deep content understanding of scientific practices and skills.

The base technology for Student Racing Challenge teams is a 1:10 scale electric radio-controlled (RC) car that can be setup in over 14 million ways before re-engineering a single part. The Racing Curriculum can be implemented in 6-10 week modules, a year-long after school program, or as core curriculum classwork.

The Racing curriculum includes a click-through student access course. For the schools using the Racing Challenge as core-curriculum in a for-credit class, each student will have online access to the curriculum including online formative assessment and rubric scored summative assessment on each unit. A number of student licenses is included in the annual renewal cost for core-curriculum users.

Collaborate. Create. Now Compete!

The Student Racing Challenge is the flagship series in the National STEM League (NSL). The NSL, rated as Exemplary and Scalable by Change the Equation & STEMWorks, is a practice league for future-professionals. High school student teams compete online in an annual points race and face-to-face at Open Invitationals across the country each year.

Competition is optional, but highly recommended.  Categories include:

  • Head-to-Head Racing
  • Enterprise: Business Presentations & Graphic Design
  • Data-Driven Design Projects
  • Community Leadership

Students are guided by professionals and supported by educators, coaches and families as they prepare to live a life of confidence that comes from knowing how to effectively answer the hard questions, skillfully tackle challenges and innovate toward a sustainable and prosperous future for themselves, for their community and our global society.

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