evGrandPrix Education Program

The Hardware Store Science experiments are one part of the larger Motorsports STEM (M-STEM) program.  In addition to the Hardware Store Science experiments that are supported by this web site, there are two additional components to the M-STEM program:

  • evGrand Prix Educational Program
  • Go Kart Science and Technology

The evGrandPrix Education Program is where student teams design, build and test electric go-karts that they then race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the Indy500 festivities.  The evGrandPrix provides student teams the opportunity to not only learn manufacturing skills needed to make to make an electric go kart, but to also learn a number of professional skills including marketing, presentation, community engagement, teamwork and project planning.  These additional manufacturing and professional skills provide students with an excellent foundation for a future career in industry or for additional education.  For a more complete discussion of the High School Electric Go-Kart Racing program visit the evGrand Prix website evgrandprix.org.

Hardware Store Science

  • In-classroom projects: Hands-on, inquiry experiments
  • Student teams build their own experimental test apparatus

Beam Bending Experiment

Go Kart Science & Technology

  • Go Kart Science
    connects underlying physics principals to the go kart
  • Technology
    • Technical drawing
    • Mechanical systems
    • Electrical systems
    • Etc.
  • Go Kart Education Competitions:
    • Fall Semester: Go Kart Science Saturday
    • Spring Semester: Test & Tune

evGrandPrix Education Program

  • Student teams design and build an electric go kart
  • High School evGrandPrix held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of Indy500 festivities

2016 High School evGrandPrix

The evGrandPrix is not a required component of the Hardware Store Science curriculum; however, the evGrandPrix provides a much more substantial manufacturing experience than students have when they make/assemble their experimental apparatus in the Hardware Store Science experiments.  In addition, the evGrandPrix in conjunction with the Go Kart Science & Technology activities provides a direct connection between the science concepts learned in the Hardware Store Science experiments and a complex, real world device.  

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