Homestead-Miami Speedway hosted the second round of the U.S. Army-sponsored Ten80 Student Racing Challenge featuring Miami-Dade County Public School students on Tuesday. Nearly 200 Miami-Dade Public School students raced cars in the White Flag Invitational at the Homestead remote-control (R/C) track. The invitational was a regional final.

The Ten80 program exposes motorsport science and practical application to students and educators.

Teams began earning points at the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year. Students from Miami Springs Senior High won the overall contest by virtue of their on-track performance yesterday.  They will claim a $3,000 prize and will travel to Charlotte to compete with teams from around the country in the Ten80 National Finals on May 16-17.

Each team was required to complete timed “hot laps” followed by a presentation on engineering concepts, marketing ideas and aerodynamics. The winner was determined by the team with the best overall lap time and presentation.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for local students to learn outside the classroom and apply math and physics skills toward making cars run faster,” said track President Matthew Becherer. “Congratulations to Miami Springs Senior High and each of the students that participated. It’s great to think that racing’s next generation of engineers and car builders might be getting their start at our track.”

“We were very excited to come back to Homestead-Miami Speedway and expected a great competition with Miami-Dade Public School students,” said Mary Elizabeth Farmer, Program Coordinator, Ten80 National STEM League. “We look forward to seeing the Miami Springs Senior High Golden Hawks compete in the national finals in Charlotte later this spring.”

The Ten80 Student Racing Challenge is an after-school or in-class science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum and optional competition league adopted by schools in 29 states. Students are challenged to own and operate a motorsports team. Their competitive car is one-tenth the size of an actual NASCAR-style stock car, driven by remote control and powered by electricity. Every participant is certified in race engineering through which they learn problem solving fundamentals, how to interpret data and how to manipulate the mechanical systems in order to maximize performance.

The following Miami-Dade Public Schools participated in the White Flag Invitational:

• Terra Environmental Research Institute
• Miami Carol City Senior High
• Miami Springs Senior High
• Robert Morgan Educational Center - Engineering Academy
• Miami Beach High School
• Jose Marti MAST Academy

Last fall, 14 teams competed in the Expo and Green Flag Invitational Student Racing Challenge at Homestead-Miami Speedway prior to Ford Championship Weekend. Schools were entered in one of two classes – the Expo or Competition classes – won by Jose Marti MAST Academy and Miami Springs Senior High School.

A complete list of U.S. Army STEM-focused programs, Ten80 events and Project Exploration programming can be found at ArmyEdSpace.com and StudentRacingChallenge.com.