Miami, Fla. – For the past 14 years, Homestead-Miami Speedway has been known for crowning NASCAR champions in November during Ford Championship Weekend. This weekend, the Speedway partnered with Ten80 Education to host another kind of championship event, the National STEM League Finals 2016. The event featured 400 middle and high school students from across the country, including students from six schools located in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Students convened at the Speedway’s remote control track to showcase their team’s skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Forty student teams from 18 different states were on hand for the event as the teams put their STEM knowledge to the test and faced each other in racing and robotics challenges, enterprise presentations, engineering projects and graphic design. The National STEM League Finals was a result of countless hours of hard work, determination and preparation from the students as they created projects that directly correlate with those of working professionals. 

Following Saturday’s competition, the best teams in each category were presented with awards recognizing them for their achievements. Team Alpha Horses from Shenandoah Community Schools in Iowa took first place in Middle School Race Events, while team The 304 from the Caperton Center for Applied Technology in West Virginia won the Robotic Racecar competition. Also, team Horsepower Motorsports from Bailey Middle School in North Carolina took home the first place prize in Middle School Enterprise.

“Homestead-Miami Speedway is very welcoming to our students and very supportive,” said Ten80 Education Director of Development Maria McCarthy. “Today, students are learning about engineering and business enterprise as a spring board for their future to help them find their passion.”

The following six schools from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties participated in the National STEM League Finals:

  • Blanche Ely High School (Pompano Beach)
  • TERRA/MDCPS (Miami)
  • The Benjamin School (North Palm Beach)
  • MAST Academy- Maritime & Science (Key Biscayne)
  • Southwest Miami High School
  • North Miami Beach Senior High School

Ten80 Education is a micro-publisher of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum that has been implemented in engineering, computer science and STEM classrooms and clubs in 41 states.  Students working with Ten80’s Student STEM Challenge curriculum are invited to own their own businesses specializing in racing, robotics, energy, or technologies/innovations that emerge through the combination of hardware and software. They are also invited to collaborate and compete in the National STEM League.  This focus on enterprise, innovation and team-oriented challenges inspires a diverse, non-traditional audience to engage in STEM learning.

For more information regarding Ten80’s events and its programs, please visit www.Ten80Education.com.

About Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The track, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015, is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course.  The track is active nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. NASCAR has crowned its champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway each of the past 14 years (2002-15) at Ford Championship Weekend.  Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2015 were Kyle Busch (Sprint Cup Series), Chris Buescher (XFINITY Series) and Erik Jones (Camping World Truck Series). The 2016 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 18-20. 

About “Driving for a Cause”
“Driving for a Cause,” the charitable arm of Homestead-Miami Speedway, operates under the auspices of the NASCAR Foundation as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  Homestead-Miami Speedway will continue each of its charitable activities, including its in-kind donations to local groups, support of Homestead Hospital’s Speediatrics unit, and its program where organizations can work track events in exchange for a donation to their group or cause.  Applications for financial gifts to be awarded to eligible 501(c) (3) charities as part of the 2016 “Driving for a Cause” grant program are now being accepted, through July 27.  Applications can be found at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/DrivingForACause.