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Panther Education Center Partners With Pathway Productions Emmy Award-Winning Multimedia Company Signed to Develop PEC Software INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 29, 2007) -- The Panther Education Center announced today a software agreement with ...

Panther Education Center Partners With Pathway Productions
Emmy Award-Winning Multimedia Company Signed to Develop PEC Software

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 29, 2007) -- The Panther Education Center announced today a software agreement with Indianapolis-based multimedia company Pathway Productions for the development of the experiential education facility's software and website.

"It was crucial for the development of the Panther Education Center to find a software partner that understands what it means to educate," Panther co-owner John Barnes said. "Pathway Productions pride themselves on beings storytellers, and we needed a company with their credentials, expertise and staff to help tell the story of the Panther Education Center."

The education center is an experiential learning facility where middle-grade students will learn the different inner-workings of a professional motor sports team. During this race weekend simulation, students will enjoy a two-and-a-half hour experience where they will be divided into four groups: Garage; Logistics & Financial Planning; Engineering; and Media & Communications. Each group will focus on the classroom skills and lessons that are applicable to their respective department of an IndyCar Series race team.

The field trip will end with a realistic race simulation, and the outcome of the race will be determined by how the students performed in each of their departments. Activities held within those departments will include conducting a press conference to announce the team driver, determining proper wing angles for a race setup, coordinating travel plans for the team and physically building key components of a racecar.

"The Panther Racing Education Center was a project Pathway really wanted to be associated with," Pathway Productions President Michael Husain said. "It ties so perfectly with our commitment to great storytelling and getting a message across in a fun and memorable way. It allows us to use our expertise with cutting edge web-based technologies to deliver audio, video, interactive learning tools and games. This is going to be a "must see" educational destination. Everyone involved is putting tremendous energy into it."

The education center is scheduled to open in shortly after the conclusion of the 2007 race season.

"The main thing we've noticed, already, is that Pathway is going to be able to bring this dream to life," Panther Education Center CEO Jane Barnes said. "As a team, we feel like we've got all the tools we need to make the center an important part of the education of young people in Indiana, and a positive way to continue the growth of open-wheel racing. We've got educators, we've got the race personnel, and now we've got the creative minds and talent to complete this great project."

Pathway Productions was founded in 1996 and has earned a national reputation as an excellent television, video and new media company. The company has produced video programming for cable networks including ESPN, VH1, Discovery Channel, The History Channel and for educational organizations, corporations and not-for-profits including the NCAA, Butler University, and the Indiana State Museum.

The Indianapolis-based company has received 13 National Emmy Awards.

"This is a fantastic partnership for Pathway," Husain continued. "Panther has such an outstanding reputation in the racing community and to be associated with what will be a flagship enterprise for them is a huge compliment to us. The team at Panther is an absolute pleasure to work with, and we share their goal of creating this one of a kind educational environment."

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
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