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U.S. Army and NHRA Encourage Students to Say Y.E.S. to STEM

Nov 13, 2017

A key component of the U.S. Army’s partnership with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is education. Education is a critical piece of what makes the Army team so successful and is key in helping Soldiers achieve their full potential. 

Youth Educational Services (Y.E.S.) Program is the cornerstone education-focused program for the U.S. Army and NHRA partnership. Featured at 15 of the 24 races throughout the NHRA racing season, the Y.E.S. program gives students the opportunity to take critical STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Math) lessons beyond the classroom.

Soldiers put Indianapolis-area students to the test with a fitness challenge at the NHRA U.S. Nationals.

As part of the program, students and educators hear from a wide range of highly-successful individuals in STEM fields, including Army Racing team drivers, Soldiers and local business professionals. Hearing the experiences of STEM professionals in a variety of environments encourages both students and educators to learn and apply these new skills in situations they have already or will encounter in their education and career.

Students also get a close look at the remarkable power harnessed in the 10,000+ horsepower U.S. Army Top Fuel Dragster, and learn how STEM is necessary to bring the car to life and propel the team to victory.

Local business professionals, Soldiers and Army Racing driver Tony Schumacher speak with students about STEM careers and education at the Y.E.S. program.

After the panel concludes, students have the opportunity to spend the day at the race track and see the lessons they’ve learned in action by watching Antron Brown and Tony compete, as well as the Army Racing team as they fine tune and prepare the dragster.

The NHRA Y.E.S. program continues to drive Army’s goal of strengthening education for our youth. To see more photos from the Y.E.S. program, click here

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