Track Modeling Program
“I give it a 10/10 because it was really fun and challenging. We would disagree on some stuff, but overall I think it was really fun and creative.”
- Maddie, 4th grade student
Created exclusively for 4th graders, the Track Modeling Program is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and uses the Three-Dimensional Learning Model framework. Through science and engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, students have an opportunity to conceptualize, design and build a scale BMX track.
This STEAM program is designed to cover one weeks worth of material, or 25+ hours of classroom time. This program is free to schools through donations and sponsorships. The USA BMX Foundation provides all materials needed, including classroom curriculum for teachers. The program is truly turn-key.
Students start by reviewing still images and video of different tracks from around the world to fuel ideas and creativity before they create sketches of their own track vision. Next, they Skype with an Elite Level Pro BMX Rider to ask questions to help shape their concepts. From there, students form teams where they share their individual ideas in an effort to come up with a collaborative team-designed track. Still in their groups, they formulate questions to submit to a BMX track builder.
Working from the track builders responses, teams start to finalize their designs by the end of day two. On day three, they take a field trip to a local BMX track where they walk the facility, take a tour of the inner workings of the business, ride the track and gain a first-person perspective of the track. Back in the classroom, they work with different types of soil mixtures to create the ideal track dirt with a heavy focus on earth sciences.
On the final two days, they compile their experiences and form project roles and responsibilities to engineer a scale model of their track blueprint complete with turns, berms, and jumps.
Students take pride in showcasing their vision and creativity while learning about various career opportunities at the intersection of engineering, architecture, construction, and sport.
As part of the culminating event, students work is put on display and evaluated by a community panel. USA BMX Foundation provides all participants awards, along with trophies for the top categories.
For more information on the Track Modeling Program, see the videos below.
“We first brainstormed. Next, we made our blueprint of the track. After, we made the dirt look like a professional BMX track. Finally, we added detail!”
– Trevan, 4th grade student
BMX STEM Program
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.)
The flexible modules are designed to be used in a variety of settings including school day, after-school, as well as summer camps and programs.
Funding for the program is traditionally secured through grants, donations and sponsors. In addition, the program is aligned with many state STEM standards, including NGSS, and incorporates a pre/post testing element that assists with outcome-based reporting.
Click here to download our BMX STEM Sample curriculum.
Click here to view our BMX STEM Bike Build Video to help you assemble your bike safely.
Click here to purchase a BMX STEM Kit.
This project-based program is best suited for elementary students (grades 3-5) but can be expanded for middle school students. The eight (8) module curriculum is equal parts education, athletics, and exercise. Students use BMX bikes to perform various experiments to explore the world of STEM.
Search the map below to find a USA BMX STEM program near you, or click here to bring a USA BMX STEM program to your community.
Read To Ride
The USA BMX Read to Ride Program is available for schools or libraries. The program is designed to encourage, motivate, and inspire youth to develop and improve their reading skills during non-school hours and combat learning loss over extended school breaks.
A BMX bike and helmet are given to the top overall reader, as well other prizes for each grade/age level readers. All students are given a Certificate of Accomplishment and a free one-day membership to USA BMX which entitles them to a day of riding at the track along with a bike & helmet to use.
From books and magazines to comics, e-reads to newspapers, we believe that reading promotes imagination and gives children the opportunity to visit worlds far away and imagine new ones of their own.
For information, please see the attached flyer.
Each year, our Elite Pro Riders visit schools around the country spreading their messages of inspiration to tens of thousands of students.
These athletes, both men and women, include current World Champions, Olympic Medalists, Future Olympic Hopefuls, and Retired Legends. While their backgrounds and last names are all different, their messages are all the same – inspiring and impactful.
To bring an athlete to your school or hear more about the 30+ athletes and their different inspirational messages, click here to contact us directly.