Who:  The Ohio State University at Lima’s Education Outreach
The Car roars into the pits at Camp Woodhaven
  3:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2002
  Girl Scouts of Appleseed Ridge’s Camp Woodhaven, 1870 W. Robb Ave.
Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Jon Rockhold at (419) 995-8390
  For Immediate Release
March 18, 2002 

CONTACT: Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284 or Jon Rockhold at (419) 995-8390

The Car roars into the pits at Camp Woodhaven

The Ohio State University at Lima’s newest education outreach activity will make its public debut at an open house from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2002, at the Girl Scouts of Appleseed Ridge’s Camp Woodhaven, 1870 W. Robb Ave.

Several troops of Girl Scouts will be giving the program its final test run during the open house.

“We think that this is the only teambuilding for seventh and eighth graders that deals with NASCAR,” said Lynn Sametz, director of Education Outreach at Ohio State Lima. “The partnership with the Girl Scouts and the strong support of the community has made that possible.”

THE CAR is a unique opportunity for seventh and eighth grade students to become involved in teamwork and cooperative learning using a 1998 Bill Elliott Show Car.  The field trip experience engages students in science, mathematics and language arts as they become part of the racing world for the day.

The Bill Elliot show car was purchased for Ohio State Lima through a grant by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Miami Valley Region, Inc. Classroom scholarships for the 2002-2003 school year are made possible by the Ford Motor Company, MetoKote, Premcor, and The Ohio State University Outreach and Engagement initiative.

Ohio State Lima’s education outreach specialists, in partnership with staff from SESA, Allen County Schools, Ada Exempted Village Schools and others, developed the program to blend the excitement of NASCAR with important principles of science and math. On a typical field trip, classes will meet at Sweetbriar Lodge where they’ll be divided into three groups that rotate through each activity. All three activities are aligned to proficiency test outcome measures and curriculum strands.

The Money Trail: Working in teams, students discover the costs related to financing a race car. Negotiation and compromises need to be made as students search for sponsors to complete the financial package for their car and design advertising plans and car logos.

Tricks of the Track: Hot Wheels cars and track enable students to discover how Newton’s Laws of Motion affect racing. Through experimentation, students determine how banking, force, velocity and other concepts impact the results of a race. A computer simulation lets students design their own car, change the specs and watch their car on the racetrack.

The Pit Stop:  Students become the crew for our Bill Elliott show car. Each student has an assigned role for the day. Working together all students complete a pit stop.

Two other concepts are integrated into each activity: the “science of sound” and safety. Throughout the field trip facilitators take random decibel measurements of noise levels to be used as a comparison to the noise created by starting THE CAR.

THE CAR is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., weekdays beginning April 1, 2002. Teachers can book their classrooms by calling Sara Newman at (419) 995-8064, or e-mailing her at newman.95@osu.edu

Teambuilding opportunities for adult groups using THE CAR are being developed.

The Office of External Relations
The Ohio State University at Lima
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH  45804
(419) 995-9332
FAX (419) 995-8444