Not your ordinary field trip: Fontana to host Math & Science Day

Students will have the chance to experience a NASCAR race weekend while learning valuable lessons in math and science. 

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Remember how excited you got when you found out you had a field trip at school?

Well, just imagine if your field trip was to a racetrack on the opening day of the NASCAR race weekend.

Over 500 students will get that chance on Friday during the hands-on Math & Science Day at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

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The students, representing 11 schools from the San Bernardino and Riverside counties, will "experiment with exercises on distance, rate, time friction, gas laws, as well as force vs. changes in height," while honing their skills using science, technology, engineering and math.

Participating schools include Vanguard Prep from Apple Valley Unified; Barstow Junior High from Barstow Unified; Big Bear Middle School from Bear Valley Unified; Almeria and Sequoia middle schools from Fontana Unified; Ranchero Middle School from Hesperia Unified; Oaks Middle Schools from Ontario-Montclair; Kolb Middle School from Rialto Unified; Cobalt Institute of Math & Science from Victor Valley Union High; Mesa View Middle School from Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified; and San Gorgonio Middle School from Beaumont Unified.

Track president Gillian Zucker, Chevrolet Racing’s program manager Alba Colon, NHRA Sportsman Motorcycle National Event Champion Dakota Sun, and Gary Thomas, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools are scheduled to talk with the students during the event.

This event is part of Auto Club Speedway’s on-going efforts to reach out and involve the young communities surrounding the area, and most likely create future fans of he sport.