CHANNAHON – Subaru ambassadors presented STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) kits at Channahon Junior High School in Channahon on Sept. 15 with the assistance of Subaru of America, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Hawk Subaru of Joliet and Subaru Rally Team USA.
Subaru ambassadors J. Mykel Hill and James Brown, along with Subaru enthusiast Kyle Wilda, brought their vehicles to the school for the kids to see. Brown brought his 2014 Subaru WRX hatchback, while Hill and Wilda displayed their 2016/2017 (respectively) WRX STIs for the kids to see and hear.
Prior to the team’s arrival, the kids saw videos of the SRTUSA vehicles in action. That really got the kids’ interest, as they wanted to know how they were able to race on the dirt, after seeing SRTUSA’s Travis Pastrana make his historic record-setting run up Mount Washington in July 2017. Hill explained the world of rally racing and how Subaru uses its AWD system to maintain control on payment, dirt, gravel and snow.
After seeing all of the vehicles, the kids got to hear each of them start their engines and rev the exhausts. They could see Hill’s motor move when he revved the engine, which really got them excited. This excitement was only increased when some of the Subaru goodies were handed out!
With the help of Subaru of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, each child received two STEM kits, one for school and one for home. In addition, two science books were also provided for each student, showcasing science experiments that could be done in the kitchen and out in the yard.
Hawk Subaru provided duffel bags for the kids. SRTUSA provided each of the kids with driver posters, showcasing the WRX STIs in action.
Subaru ambassadors put together a goodie bag with a stainless steel SRTUSA water bottle, sunglasses, footballs and die-cast cars. In addition to the items that were distributed to the students, the teacher's aides and teacher also received Subaru gift packs.