Pathway students explore Raceway
Pathway students eagerly inspect a Ferrari race car at Sonoma Raceway.
The 60 Sonoma Valley High School sophomores enrolled in the new Engineering, Design and Technology pathway toured Sonoma Raceway on Dec. 12.
The students had lunch with track personnel and listened to track president Steve Page discuss the specifics of running the Raceway. Jared Thompson, driving instructor and Karting Track Manager, then spoke about focusing on your strengths, setting goals and relentlessly working towards them. Also speaking to the Engineering, Design and Technology students was Eric Reyes, owner of Eric Reyes Designs, a company specializing car artwork at Sonoma Raceway. Reyes spoke about the applications of Design and Art in the engineering realm, also echoing Thompson’s points in goal setting and hard work will pay off.
The students had free reign of the facility and explored the stands, the VIP room, the garages and spoke with several drivers about their cars.
Sonoma Raceway has generously stepped forward to offer work based learning experience, which are a fundamental aspect of Linked Learning Pathways and hands-on projects for Sonoma students, though these plans are still in the early stages. Pictured here are sophomores Tristan Mertens, Cyle Gusse and Brett Sullivan checking out one of the Ferraris that races regularly at the facility.