Project Exploration is partnering with U.S. Army, LAB-AIDS, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Ten80 to implement the STEM NASCAR Student Racing Challenge in 10 Chicago Public High Schools and Middle Schools.  Ten80 is a project-based learning program that challenges students in and out of schools to optimize the performance of 1:10 scale radio controlled cars. Students mirror professional motorsports teams, specializing in projects from creative engineering and green transportation to business and graphic design. Ten80 has been shown to boost student test scores and spark interest in math and science.


Student Racing Challenge

Participating schools, mentioned below, will come together on Thursday, October 17  for the Ten80 Regional Kickoff Events Sponsored by the U.S. Army and be trained to carry out the NASCAR curriculum for regional competitions.

Perspectives Leadership Academy High School

Perspectives Joslin Campus

Ariel Academy

Woodsoon North

Gage Park High School

Kelvyn Park High School

Shurz High School

Little Village Greater Lawndale Campus High School

Ames Middle School

AUSL Orr High School

AUSL Soloria High School

“Washington, D.C. – Change the Equation announced today four excellent STEM learning programs that are ready to be taken to scale nationwide. The programs selected –Girlstart Summer Camp, Project Lead The Way, ST Math, and Ten80 Student Racing Challenge – were already admitted to CTEq’s rigorous STEMworks [2] database of high quality STEM programs that consistently yield positive outcomes and had to pass an additional round of vetting to be accepted for this initiative.”  (Change the Equation, 2013)


Change the Equation. (2013). Change the equation recognizes four exemplary STEM learning programs [Press Release]. Retrieved from


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