Indiana Fourth Grade Classrooms to Visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 500 Festival Education Program Study Trips

Indiana Fourth Grade Classrooms to Visit Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 500 Festival Education Program Study Trips

INDIANAPOLIS (April 3, 2024) – The 500 Festival has selected over 100 Indiana elementary schools to participate in study trips to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health. The study trips immerse Indiana 4th-grade students in the world of the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500, exploring their important place in Indiana’s history and culture. The Education Program is a combination of classroom work – based on an Indiana Academic Standards-based curriculum – and a study trip that brings classroom material to life.  

 

During the visit, students will put classroom lessons into action at guided educational stations such as Science of an INDYCAR SERIES car, Indianapolis Motor Speedway History & Traditions, The Many Careers of INDYCAR, and more. Students will also have the opportunity to test run Soap Box Derby mini cars.  

Study trips are offered free of charge to participating schools and the 500 Festival will provide stipends to offset transportation costs.   

STUDY TRIP DATES: April 2, 4, 5, 15, 17, 19 (Media Day) *, 22, 23, 25, 26  

 

 

*MEDIA DAY DETAILS: 

Media Day is an opportunity for the media to attend, photograph, conduct interviews, and cover the event. Media is only allowed to attend on April 19, as students will have waivers signed for that day. Please RSVP to Lindsay Labas if you plan to attend and coordinate needs. 

 

 

WHEN: Friday, April 19 

 

LOCATION: Indianapolis Motor Speedway  

4790 W 16th St, Indianapolis, IN 46222 

 

WHO: Possible interviews with 500 Festival staff, elementary school teachers, Soap Box Derby staff, or other representatives onsite 

 

VISUALS: 80+ 4th grade students interacting with various interactive racing stations (Health and Nutrition, Driver Equipment, Flags, Science of an INDYCAR SERIES car) 

Classroom photos  

 

Support of the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program is provided by: Indiana University Health, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 500 Festival Foundation, Regions Bank, NTT IndyCar Series, AAA Hoosier Motor Club, and Honda. 

 

 

About the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health | This award-winning program is an engaging addition to the 4th-grade curriculum and is available to all Indiana 4th-grade classrooms. There is no cost to participate in the Education Program and lesson plans and student materials are free to schools enrolled in the program. Each participating classroom receives an Indiana standards-based curriculum, supporting materials for specific lessons, and an educational video series to complement the lessons. The lessons meet academic standards for language arts, health, math, science, social studies, visual arts, and physical education. The Indianapolis 500 & 500 Festival Education Program is supported by: Indiana University Health, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 500 Festival Foundation, Regions Bank, NTT IndyCar Series, AAA Hoosier Motor Club, and Honda. 

 

About the 500 Festival | Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and fostering a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $500 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit 500festival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.