Accelerating the Future With CUS.T.E.M. Cars

Posted January 8, 2019 by Toni Cerbo

Ten80 and SEMA Team Up to Bring Students Engineering Entrepreneurship and STEM Career Exploration

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY., Jan. 8, 2019 — This year, nearly 3,000 middle school students will discover the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as core drivers for successful careers through the SEMA CUS.T.E.M. Car Experience Tour.

SEMA Education in partnership with Championship Auto Shows (CAS) and Ten80 Education (Ten80) will drive STEM innovation and challenge thousands of students from coast to coast. The fun and excitement of learning will travel to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Detroit, Chicago and Salt Lake City with Championship Auto Shows hosting the events from January through March. In April and May, students from Palm Beach, Tacoma, and Los Angeles will make STEM learning more interesting and relevant to the real world with various Automotive Museums hosting these events.

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“The goal is to interest young talent in car culture, and ultimately to fill a variety of emerging technological, skilled, creative and administrative positions,” said Zane Clark, Senior Director of Education at SEMA. “The events get students thinking about how they would design their own vehicles, automotive companies, and what features and benefits they would include on their offerings to consumers.”

Middle School students cruise into the process of DESIGN, which is at the core of STEM and STEM Career exploration, during this one-day interactive learning experience. Each event involves full-day student field trips from area schools to CAS automotive shows. Breakout sessions provide application of automotive concepts using Ten80’s custom-developed STEM-based curriculum, the Student Racing Challenge.

On event day, students will work through a series of hands-on and interactive activities that are reflective of real-world scenarios in the workplace. Plus, students will tour the car show floor to gather ideas, then come back together and work in small teams to design the car or create an innovative automotive product and present it to a panel of automotive aftermarket industry professionals serving as judges for the design competition.

“We’re delighted to once again work with SEMA to help students tackle real-world issues while applying classroom principles in a fun and challenging way,” said Terri Stripling, chief executive officer and president of Ten80 Education. “SEMA is the ideal partner to help aid our mission to promote an education curriculum that not only emphasizes STEM skills but also agile, cross-discipline thinking, teamwork and leadership.”

January 11, at Cavalcade of Customs, Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH 45202

February 8, at World of Wheels, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

February 22, at World of Wheels, Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, MO 64105

March 1, at Autorama, COBO Center, Detroit, MI 48226

March 8, at World of Wheels, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL 60018

March 22, at Autorama, Mountain America Exposition Center, Sandy, UT 84070

April 10, at Barrett Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL 3341

April 19, at LeMay Museum, 2702 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421

May 10, at Petersen Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

About Ten80 Education

Ten80 is a team of STEM, education and business professionals dedicated to cultivating a STEM Ecosystem that unites and inspires the next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers and innovators, empowering all students to thrive in a world of constant innovation.

Ten80’s first engineer-educator teams formed in the late 1990’s to champion Project-Based learning through professional development. Over the last 20+ years, through NSF grants, longitudinal studies and K-12 educators, Ten80 has developed a comprehensive, data-driven philosophy and framework for STEM education that can engage and serve all students.

Today, Ten80 is a leader in STEM Education, named one of four Exemplary and Ready-to-Scale initiatives by Change the Equation and STEMWorks. K-12 schools, organizations and networks partner with Ten80 to initiate a comprehensive STEM system or strengthen existing programs through collaboration, curriculum and kick-offs and competition.

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