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The Ten80 curriculum is absolutely fantastic. The way that it incorporates data-driven design, science and math concepts with a hands-on project that the kids really love ... it captures kids in a way that few other projects do.
Many of the students who participate in the Student Racing Challenge had no idea about how much fun working with cars would be; but after a while, they really got into it. I often heard them say to each other "dude this is so much fun!" or "yeah, what we've been working on for days now really makes sense!" Ten80 engaged a broad range of students - from those who wanted to build to those who wanted to develop a website and perform marketing tasks. The implementation of software handed to us by Ten80, Solid Works and curriculum via moodle, allowed our students to get better at 3D computer modeling, algebra and geometry. Students were fully engaged in the tutorials and features available in both programs. Our school is composed of a large percentage of low socio-economic students who are fully committed to making changes in their lives, but do not have the financial means to do so. Our students in the Ten80 Racing Challenge are highly motivated and extremely enthusiastic.
I have found that the Ten80 curriculum has sparked a renewed student interest in math and science. Students flock to the race teams because they have fun while learning. Our students have had great experiences and been successful. Seventy five students participated in Ten80 this season. We anticipate that we will have approximately two hundred students participating this season; this is thirty one percent of the district's engineering students. The curriculum has a unique way of teaching math, science, and engineering. Students learn more by doing and give them a sense of responsibility. The Ten80 teams are set up similar to a NASCAR team. Students develop team work, the reality of meeting timelines, how different organizational departments rely on each other, and what it takes for a organization to be successful. I feel that the Student Racing Challenge program in our district is becoming a valuable tool to spark student interest in math, science, and engineering.
On behalf of the students and the Office of Engineering Studies, I would like to thank you for allowing the participants in the Pre-Freshman Program in Engineering and Science (PREP) at Chicago State University the opportunity to participate in the Ten80 Student Race Challenge held at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 2014 National Convention. The students had an amazing time during the academic year and presenting their projects at the convention. This was truly a memorable experience. The Ten80 Student Race Challenge exposed pre-college students to difficult math and science concepts while providing the students with fun, hands-on experiences We cannot express enough how much we appreciate the mentoring and support the students received from your organization. The advice given to the students were most helpful in getting the students to understand some of the skills required for careers opportunities in STEM related fields. Both the high school students and middle school students loved competing in the race competitions. Thanks once again for mentoring and supporting the student participants in the PREP. Program at Chicago State University. The students really enjoyed working with your organization. Your efforts have shown the students that engineering is a career to consider. We look forward to working with you in the future.