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ERIC Number: EJ747936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
Super Mileage Challenge: Combining Education and Fun!
Thompson, Jim; Fitzgerald, Mike
Technology Teacher, v66 n1 p31-33 Sep 2006
Beginning in 1996, key leaders in Indiana business, education, and industry, along with the Department of Education and the Indiana Math Science Technology Education Alliance recognized that creating an event that would showcase true integration of mathematics, science, and technology could make learning more relevant to the lives of students. The result is the highly successful Indiana Super Mileage Challenge (SMC). The SMC is a high school competition providing students with the unique opportunity to combine theoretical aspects of mathematics, science, and technology with practical experience in the design, engineering, fabrication, and testing of an actual vehicle. For the past 11 years, students from across Indiana have been "challenged" by the SMC. They work throughout the school year to design, build, and improve vehicles. They then test the prototypes in competition each year at the O'Reilly Raceway Park oval. This highly competitive event features innovative student solutions for achieving optimum mpg. Student teams design a one-person, fuel-efficient car powered by a single cylinder, four-cycle engine. Each year the teachers and students rate their participation in the Super Mileage Challenge as one of the best learning experiences of their high school years. Alumni of this event often go on to pursue engineering, technical, or scientific degrees in college. The skills that students gain through participating in the Super Mileage Challenge are hard to measure. Not only do students learn how to apply math, science, technology, and engineering, they also learn teamwork, problem solving, and leadership skills. The Super Mileage Challenge helps aim students today for the careers and challenges of tomorrow. (Contains 12 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana