Valuable Academic Programs
From the Classroom to the Race Track
The Motorsports Institute introduces school age children to the world of motorsports in a full community sponsored program, at no cost, through our Academic Programs. Children who develop a true interest and enthusiasm for getting more involved in the sport can enter the Sports Program for a reasonable fee, with scholarship programs offered to assist those individuals who need assistance.
The Institute’s premier program is Read to Race, a literacy program targeted to public school students from elementary to high school. Read to Race is a motivational tool designed to encourage academic success with the reward of a very unique, up-close, and exclusive opportunity to experience the world of racing. Using the many resources provided by the Institute, participating schools customize their own program of motivational and instructional activities, and set their own goals. Resources include access to racetracks and race car drivers, live events, tours, promotional items, and relationships with professionals in the industry. The program is made successful by its partnership between the Institute and each school where implementation is driven by teachers, librarians and PTO volunteers. Success is measured in many ways: numbers of participants, numbers of books read, increased reading levels, and the number of opportunities for racing industry professionals to interact with bright young achievers.
Read to Race launched in August, 2007 with Isaac Litton Middle School in Nashville, with 342 students. In 2008, the program expanded to include JT Moore Middle School and Smithson Craighead Academy Elementary School. Thus, in 2008, the program grew to over 1,000 students in these three Davidson County schools. In 2009, the Motorsports Institute will launch six schools in Los Angeles, California.
In 2009, MSI launched its second initiative, The Art of Racing, at Smithson Craighead Academy. Students formed teams to design their own race cars, a rich learning process that unleashes the creative process and develops pride and self-esteem.
The Institute has additional plans to incorporate math, science and summer camp programs into its curriculum. Each program will illustrate the importance and relevance of mathematics and science in the racing industry and provide real-world experience through its summer camp programs.
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