On Friday, October 14th, students from UHS Academies of Automotive Technology and Engineering attended the NHRA Y.E.S. Day at the Texas Motorplex in Dallas, TX
Students attended to explore an alternative career path for students interested in the engineering/automotive sports genre. NHRA is a sport whose athletes share a passion for engineering and automotive technology.
The students achieved a greater understanding and a deeper appreciation for the content taught in their respective academies and how it can apply to a competitive sport and a career path that caters to their interests. Students saw first hand the successes and failures of engineering design, automotive technology, mechanical precision, fine tuning, and the culmination of the above as contributions to cars exceeding 320 mph. Additionally, students were able to see first hand the amount of money, resources, and life styles that go in to successful as well as failing presentations of highly innovative and evolved machines.
The NHRA YES (Youth & Education Services) program, presented by the U.S. Army, is a highly successful educational motorsports program. The YES program will be featured at 14 of the 24 races on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit.
The program allows participants the opportunity to learn about and explore various career opportunities while gaining a new perspective on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by taking what they acquire in the classroom and applying it to real-world experiences. Students and educators will hear thought provoking presentations from U.S. Army Soldiers, NHRA Top Fuel Drivers Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown, as well as business, racing and educational professionals. Attendees participate in mental, physical and emotional challenges with various vendors complete with free admission to the race track for the day.
Story submitted by Jeff Cunningham
UHS AJM Academy of Engineering instructor