For the tenth year, thousands of Hoosier fourth-grade students will learn about Indiana’s legendary motorsports culture through the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500® Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health.
This year, Crothersville Elementary School, Seymour Redding Elementary School, Medora Elementary School and Margaret R. Brown Elementary will participate in the program and will each attend one of the eleven Study Trips to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway®.
The Study Trip dates are as follows: Crothersville Elementary School And Seymour Redding Elementary School are participating today (April 3), Medora Elementary School on May 9, and Margaret R. Brown Elementary on May 21.
The Education Program contains information including an Indiana Academic Standard-based curriculum, teacher materials, a video and the unique opportunity for an educational Study Trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway(r) in April or May. During the course of the Study Trip, fourth-grade classrooms learn about IMS and the Indianapolis 500(r). Included are a scavenger hunt in the IMS Hall of Fame Museum, a tour of the Pagoda and Victory Podium, seeing an IndyCar up close and personal, and a tour of the Medical Hospital that is used throughout the month of May.
This year nearly 24,000 Indiana fourth graders will participate in the award-winning program, with 10,000 students attending a Study Trip. Nearly 200,000 students have participated since the program’s inception in 2004.
The Education Program is offered to only the fourth-grade because the program is designed to coincide with the fourth-grade focus on Indiana state history.