IRL: IMS sets up electronic science lesson

STUDENTS WORLDWIDE TO LEARN THROUGH BALL STATE-IMS FIELD TRIP Electronic science lesson at Indy to feature IndyCar Series, NASCAR teams, drivers INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 11, 2007 -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway is partnering with Ball...

STUDENTS WORLDWIDE TO LEARN THROUGH BALL STATE-IMS FIELD TRIP
Electronic science lesson at Indy to feature IndyCar Series, NASCAR teams, drivers

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, April 11, 2007 -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway is partnering with Ball State University and the Best Buy Children's Foundation to deliver the exciting science of racing to a potential audience of more than 19.5 million students in five countries Tuesday, April 17.

Ball State's ongoing "Electronic Field Trip" satellite classroom series will broadcast "Going, Going Faster: The Science of Speed" from the world-famous IMS to classrooms in all 50 states plus Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Nigeria. The broadcasts will take place at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (ET), providing a glimpse into racing at the legendary facility that many students living far away from Indianapolis may not otherwise experience.

"I can't think of a better venue to get students excited about science and to help explain the laws of motion than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Ball State University President Jo Ann M. Gora. "Ball State's EFT program gives millions of students a unique learning opportunity without ever leaving the classroom through the use of interactive technology. That's what I call redefining education."

"Going, Going, Faster; The Science of Speed," will be an interactive, 60-minute broadcast allowing students to explore Sir Isaac Newton's First Law of Motion, which states an object usually stays in motion with the same speed unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

In addition to following IndyCar Series and NASCAR drivers around the track, students will watch demonstrations that show how race cars gain speed and turn corners employing the scientific principles of inertia, friction and downforce.

Former IndyCar Series driver Scott Goodyear, an analyst on the ABC and ESPN IndyCar Series television broadcasts, will play host to the show. Other participants in the EFT will include Kevin Forbes, director of engineering and construction at IMS, and members of NASCAR's Haas CNC Racing team, including driver Jeff Green and crew chief Harold Holly.

Several IndyCar Series drivers, who will be en route to Motegi, Japan, for the following weekend's race, will appear via taped interviews. Indy Racing League Senior Technical Director Les Mactaggart also was a behind-the-scenes contributor to the show.

Students from Raymond Park Middle School in Indianapolis, Frank H. Wheeler Elementary School in Speedway, Ind., New Palestine Elementary in New Palestine, Ind., and Laurens Middle School in Laurens, S.C., also will be on site at the world-famous Brickyard to assist with the EFT. The Wheeler school is named for one of the four founders of the Speedway.

Many local PBS stations will air the broadcast live, but classrooms also can access the broadcast and archived shows on Ball State's EFT Web site, www.bsu.edu/eft, and on Apple's Learning Interchange Web site, http://edcommunity.apple.com/ali.

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Satellite coordinates for the broadcasts: C-Band: Galaxy 26, Transponder 17, Orbital slot 93 WL, Bandwidth 36 MHz, Downlink frequency 4040 (V). (A 30-minute test period precedes the broadcasts.)

-credit: ims

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