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Army Encourages STEM Education at NHRA Y.E.S. Program

May 18, 2015

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has been empowering young students to reach their goals for more than 20 years through motorsports’ first and only full-time event dedicated to educational programming, the Youth & Education Services (Y.E.S.) program.

At this year’s 46th annual Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, FL, the U.S. Army hosted the Y.E.S. program on the Auto-Plus Raceway track grounds to provide more than 1,000 high school and college-aged students an opportunity to talk with U.S. Army Soldiers about the diverse science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career opportunities available within the Army and the cutting-edge skills, training and education Soldiers receive through their service on the Nation’s most elite team. 

During the Y.E.S. program, students are encouraged to test their leadership skills by participating in a variety of strength and team building challenges. 

To help demonstrate the importance of U.S. Army adaptability and teamwork, students participated in physical strength and team building challenges, including push-up contests and an obstacle course.

During the event, students listened to a compelling and informational session with eight-time NHRA World Champion and U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Soldiers and other NHRA representatives. They discussed the importance of education, teamwork and versatility in achieving success and the many STEM career opportunities available to them after high school and college, while sharing inspirational stories.

U.S. Army Top Fuel Driver Tony Schumacher speaks to students about the importance of STEM education in the motorsports industry. 

After the presentation, students were encouraged to visit the racetrack midway to experience the U.S. Army’s Strength in Action Zone where students can test their strength by participating in a variety of fitness challenges to see if they have what it takes to join the Army. Students also were invited to stick around for the Top Fuel Funny Car, Top Fuel Dragster and Pro Stock qualifying runs. 

Students put their strength to the test during a plank challenge in the Army Strength in Action Zone.

Celebrating its 27th year, the Y.E.S. program continues to educate students about career options and the importance of goal-setting through a series of 13 events across the Nation. With the help of the U.S. Army, the program continues to reach more than 25,000 students a year nationwide.

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