Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, PNC Bank and Detroit Public Schools host Fifth Gear/Grow Up Great Education Day on Belle Isle

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, PNC Bank, Detroit Public Schools (DPS) and the Detroit Public Schools Foundation hosted a special Education Day on Belle Isle on Thursday, May 29.  DPS students took part in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) demonstrations, learning real-world applications through motorsports to assist in their education.

Building on the programs that have grown and developed with the Grand Prix since 2012, more than 750 students from both the Grow Up Great and Fifth Gear programs attended Education Day. The curriculum for each program has been incorporated into the classrooms of the participating schools over the last several weeks prior to the return of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 30-June 1.

Each program combines a mathematics and science curriculum through real-world applications in motorsports to spark interest in DPS students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The programs are funded by a grant from the PNC Foundation under the stewardship of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

During the Education Day event, students were able to take what they have learned in the classroom and watch it come to life in a real racing environment at the Grand Prix. Leading motorsports organizations, like Plymouth-based Ilmor Engineering, which partnered with Chevrolet on the development of the current Verizon IndyCar Series engine, and New Hudson-based Pratt & Miller Engineering, which designs, builds and manages many of Chevrolet’s race teams, worked with the students as they participated in hands-on activities at the Grand Prix.

Students from Carver S.T.E.M. Academy were also invited to attend the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Luncheon, presented by Huntington Bank, on Thursday, May 29 at the Rattlesnake Club.

Read more about the kickoff of this year’s Grow Up Great and Fifth Gear programs


The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Scheduled for May 30-June 1, 2014, the event will include the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans featuring cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers featuring the cars of the Pirelli World Challenge Series and the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Series. Partners for the 2014 Grand Prix include General Motors, Quicken Loans and MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit and follow our social media pages at and

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