JAM is looking to raise $25,000. The money will be used for an initial launch in Phoenix. The program then will roll out city-by-city, reaching a national presence in two years.
Money will be spent on a website development, first TV episode, attending local meetings with various influencer groups and building visibility.
This program is unlike other STEM programs in that it focuses on middle and high school students, well before they make decisions about college majors. JAM sees this focus on “lifecycle” as critical for success.
The audiences that JAM reaches are joined together under a community called Team STEAM Nation. This community provides the platform for continued dialogue with students, as well as parents, educators, businesses and nonprofits, as they progress through the lifecycle towards college and the workplace.
A second thing that makes the program different is the vehicle for building this community: A set of learning tools called The Andretti FastTrack Experience, which combines online classroom activities, via a streaming TV show with supporting curriculum, with offline local events.
TV show episodes will feature motorsports drivers and other athletes and entertainers. They will demonstrate STEAM principles related to specific industries.
Notably, FastTrack looks for out-of-the-ordinary subjects to feature. Current content subjects include Luke Air Force Base and one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants.
A third thing that makes FastTrack different is its partnerships. For example, Motion Sphere is a Brazilian company that makes very sophisticated simulators, which will be used to create local experiential events for students — imagine a virtual ride in an IndyCar so real you can feel the wind in your face. JAM itself is a coalition of highly experienced service providers coming together for this critically important cause.
Will you join JAM and Team STEAM Nation? Everyone involved believes this effort will make a huge, lasting difference.￼
- Cathy Durante
- Jason Pierce
- Mo Elbanna
- Stuart Cattell
- Russ Petty
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