Combine Indiana fourth-grade learning with meaningful fun! The 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health, is a free program for Indiana fourth-grade classrooms that immerses students in the world of the Indianapolis 500 and 500 Festival!
Since the program’s inception in 2004, these lessons have impacted more than 422,000 students in more than 17,000 classrooms throughout the state of Indiana. The Education Program equips fourth-grade educators with engaging lesson plans and classroom materials that allow students to explore the significant role of the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana’s state history and culture.
Registered classrooms receive student materials, lesson plans, educational video series, supporting materials, and opportunities for students to participate in an essay contest and a classroom decorating contest! The Education Program’s curriculum is based on Indiana Academic Standards for language arts, health, math, science, social studies, visual arts, and physical education.
The 500 Festival Education Program’s curriculum, Gearing Up for the Indy 500, is an Indiana Academic Standards-based curriculum designed for fourth-grade students to foster an understanding and develop an appreciation of the 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500. Gearing Up for the Indy 500 is updated annually. The lessons may be taught in sequence (as presented in the guide), or teachers may choose to change the order of the lessons based on the needs of their students and classroom schedules. Some lessons may be modified or extended based on the students’ needs. It also includes an authentic assessment for students to showcase their understanding of the Indianapolis 500 and the 500 Festival.