HEPHZIBAH, Ga. – “Lets face it,” Skylar Robinson says, “reading a text book all the time can sometimes be boring. We try and show how science is used to do something really interesting and exciting.”
Skylar Robinson is a 16-year-old sophomore honor student who loves racing. He is also a National Champion karter who has won races at tracks from Indianapolis, IN to Miami, FL.
Skylar and his dad, Chip Robinson, a retired racecar driver who has won the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, have developed a way to share their enthusiasm for motorsports and karting. They have developed an educational program called 6 Simple Machines©.
This is a PowerPoint presentation, which they take into the classroom along with a kart held vertically on a custom stand. The Robinsons talk about racing, the role engineering plays in mechanical design, and how they use the six simple machines to win races. They demonstrate where the six simple machines (the basis of all mechanical engineering) are located on the kart and how they are combined to give their racing effort a strong competitive advantage.
Skylar will be giving a presentation of his 6 Simple Machines© at Hephzibah Elementary, Hephzibah, Ga., on April 20 at 1 p.m.
The kids get to connect the science they are learning to something that is fun and exciting on a scale they can relate to. They also see that many things they do everyday are made possible using a lever, wheel, inclined plane, wedge, screw or pulley.
Skylar will be racing April 27-29 in the Great Lakes Sprint Series and May 4-6 in the World Karting Association Mazda/Bridgestone Manufactures Cup. Both events will take place at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA