A Study of Racing


The Great Races of 1908 and 2008 are the starting place for this global collaborative classrooms project. However, we can expand that idea by examining the history of racing in general from ancient Greece and Rome, to the international Olympics through time, from unassisted human racing (using only the body's muscles for power) to auto racing, bicycle racing, airplane racing and even rocket racing.

What connections can we make in the curriculum to the concept of racing?

What role do races play in society? In the economy? How do the media, marketing and advertising companies relate to this concept? What industries, jobs, careers are connected to racing? We can examine this in a myriad of ways. For example, the forerunners of NASCAR were actually Appalachian bootleggers, often referred to as "hillbillies", and their efforts to outrun the law as they delivered moonshine eventually led to NASCAR. Did you know that NASCAR was the fastest-growing spectator sport in the United States?

Why do we love racing? Think about the Tour de France, and the enormous growth in that audience as Lance Armstrong, the American from Austin, Texas astounded the world as he won a record 7 tours - which no other person has done.

What technologies are involved in racing? Mechanical, design of equipment, new fabrics for uniforms, and more. Racing is a science. Racing is an art. Racing touches the hearts of people.

On this page we will build a comprehensive list of topics and Big Questions related to the concept of racing.