Mount Airy City Schools

RCR Driven to Lead

RCR Driven to Lead project engages grade 6-12 students in real-world learning experiences in engineering, manufacturing, quality control, and analytics through a partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Mount Airy City Schools (MACS). The RCR Driven to Lead project is guided by three primary goals: 1) Increase student enthusiasm for science and mathematics 2) Increase student achievement by providing a learning environment rich with technology, STEM knowledge, and project-based learning 3) Motivate students to pursue STEM career pathways (especially underrepresented populations). Within the partnership's programs, female students and those from ethnic/racial communities underrepresented in STEM are targeted for recruitment to engage in STEM pipeline activities. 

Activities include: 

  • RCR Driven to Lead after school clubs at the middle school and high school
  • RCR Driven to Lead visiting Richard Childress Racing
  • Mentors working closely with RCR Driven to Lead posing real world problems
  • Crew Chiefs (STEM teachers) leading the RCR Driven to Lead project and engaging students in project-based learning
  • Interns from high school traveling on a consistent basis to Richard Childress Racing to work closely with STEM experts in the field

Families engaged in the RCR Driven to Lead project attending after school club meetings, traveling to RCR with their students, attending parent meetings, and engaging with industry experts and counselors to set a path for their student in STEM education

Summer programming allowing RCR Driven to Lead to engage with industry for 10 days to solve problems and create projects to share out solutions to these problems to the community and their families

These strategies are implemented through a strong collaboration between a school district and an engineering company. The partnership will provide students many hours being mentored by STEM teachers and STEM industry experts. It will provide science, technology, engineering, and mathematics support for students and work together with other district initiatives to prepare all students involved, including underrepresented populations, to have opportunity and access to a successful STEM careers.


Garrett Howlett
Mount Airy City Schools