The Streets of Long Beach and Formula D: Students Getting Real-Life Racing Experience
One important component of our automotive program involves opportunities for novices and experts to intersect. We want students to have the opportunity to learn from professionals in fields of interest so the students can better understand what a career might look like in that area. Last year we took high school students from the Northshore Automotive program to Laguna Seca to learn from racing experts at an IMSA race and found it to be a valuable experience for both the students and teachers. This year, we are gearing up to take automotive students from two programs, the Northshore Automotive program and the Sno-Isle Tech Center to Long Beach, as well as their instructors to California for “The Streets of Long Beach” a Formula D racing event.
We surveyed students earlier this year to discover what types of automotive experiences would be most valuable for them to experience and learn about in more depth. They expressed a great deal of interest in the science and art of drift racing. We are currently finishing up the design of this year’s trip to Long Beach, but it will involve opportunities to intersect with a variety of racing professionals, in technical and related fields, as well as a tour of the renowned Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
We have already closed the application cycle and are in the process of interviewing interested high school students. We are really excited about this fantastic learning opportunity for the students and their teachers!