Upstate students STEAM through CU-ICAR

October 3, 2017

IMG_0735By Bryce Donovan, University Relations

They say kids have engines that never stop. So it seems fitting that on Tuesday more than 300 Upstate middle and high schoolers got to see real-life race cars and hear from drivers and engineers at the Acura/Honda STEAM Connections Tour at Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research.

The event showcased STEAM — science, technology, engineering, art and math — in motorsports and the automotive industry by exposing kids to Indy/Formula SAE racecars, racecar drivers, and other related activities while visiting one of the premier automotive research campuses in the world.

IMG_0318Katherine Legge, a racecar driver with more than 12 years of professional experience who will compete later in the week in the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, was on hand to field questions from the kids. She explained how much sharing what she knows with the next generation means to her.

“I love doing anything to promote science, technology, engineering, math, you name it,” Legge said. “I love talking about the fun things you can do with STEAM and the careers it can lead to.”

The Honda STEAM Connections Tour of universities across the nation is in its second year and is organized and managed by STEAM Sports Group.

IMG_E0732The event featured everything from two Acura NSX GT3 racecars the kids could climb in to tours of the university’s Deep Orange student vehicle prototype program.