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Northwest Elementary School in Decatur will take part this year in the eighth annual Indianapolis 500 Education Program Study (EPS) trips.
Local fourth graders will be part of 10 trips to the 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway next Tuesday. Fourth graders are chosen because it is in that grade that students are taught Indiana history.
This year, 321 schools across Indiana are taking part in the trips, with almost 24,000 students involved.
An announcement from the Indianapolis 500 office says the EPS "is packed with information, including an Indiana Academic Standard-based curriculum, teacher materials, a video, and the unique opportunity for an educational trip to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway."
At each study trip, students rotate through stations that teach them about driver safety, timing and scoring, careers in the IndyCar [racing series], Indianapolis Motor Speedway history, and more, the announcement explained.
The goal of the 500 Festival and the Indianapolis 500 education program is to provide a fun, educational environment to show fourth graders the historic significance of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis 500, and the Indiana motorsports industry, the announcement concluded.