Lights, Camera, Traction News
Blake Academy is beginning a new program called Lights, Camera, Traction™! at Blake Academy. This all began with a chance encounter at Auburndale Speedway when requesting permission to use video footage taken by Gordon Motorsports for the school's video Production and technology classes. This encounter produced a business partnership between the school and Gordon Motorsports; Lights, Camera, Traction!™ In this program, the middle school students will be building and possibly racing Mini-Cup Race Cars, a ½ scale car modeled after a NASCAR Sprint Cup race car. There was a quick realization that much training would be needed for this endeavor to be successful. Tracy Brown, a technology teacher at Blake Academy, was fortunate enough to be selected to attend the IITSEC Conference, devoted to STEM teachers. During the private tour, Mrs. Brown learned that Clemson University had a Master’s program in Automotive Engineering (CUICAR; Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research). Clemson University presented to the teachers some of their programs to help in getting student’s interest and the connection between learning in the classroom and application. This transitioned into Clemson University presenting their Driving Science which is a teacher training on how to teach STEM concepts through racing. They have free teacher development workshops for 20 teachers during three days at Daytona during Speedweeks. After Tracy shared the information about our Lights, Camera, Traction!™ at Blake Academy with Dr. David Smith, it was suggested that Tracy Brown and her colleague, Jodi Johnson contact Dot Moss and Dr. John Gladchuck, the directors of Driving Science Program. Tracy Brown and Jodi Johnson were extended an invitation to not only attend the workshop at Speedweeks in Daytona, but to present to the other teachers about our new program Lights, Camera, Traction!™ at Blake Academy that we will be beginning in the fall of 2013.