The Materials Interdisciplinary Research Team (MIRT) and Materials Research Society (MRS) joined the 8th grade class from the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders (ARS) for a day of educational fun at the world-famous Circuit of the Americas race track. Approximately 150 ARS science students tested eco-friendly cars they had constructed as part of a unit on Physics, got an up close look at a Williams Martini Racing Formula One car, and toured the Circuit’s 25-story observation tower. The students also participated in a paper airplane design activity that explored factors elite race car designers must consider, such as aerodynamics, materials choices, weight and stability.
The outreach event was organized by volunteers from Texas Materials Institute’s MIRT program and the engineering student organization MRS as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Ann Richards School that aims to inspire young students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math. To read more about this STEM at the Circuit of the Americas event and see additional photos of the day, visit the MIRT website or the COTA blog.