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Mazda revs up students with STEM demonstrations

PLAINFIELD – Mazda revved up students Sept.10 at Heritage Grove Middle School in Plainfield with real-world demonstrations of science, technology, engineering and math applications used throughout Mazda’s motorsports activities and the automobile industry.

Through Mazda’s acclaimed educational outreach program, “Racing Accelerates Creative Education,” students had an up close view of Mazda’s SKYACTIV-D clean diesel prototype racecar as professional race car driver Joel Miller discussed how current subjects students are learning about are central to success on the race track, according to a news release from Mazda.

During the hourlong demonstration, Joel Miller broke down the various STEM subjects and their affect on motorsports, including how discarded fast food oils are used to create clean diesel fuel that powers Mazda race cars, and that math equations help the motorsports team gain a competitive advantage on the track.

As part of Mazda’s R.A.C.E. program, the motorsports team is visiting schools to encourage students to become more interested in STEM subjects.

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