SCOTT LAGASSE JR. AND STEM SCOUTS TO RACE IN KANSAS

(St. Augustine, Fla.) May 7, 2015

Scott Lagasse Jr. welcomes the Boy Scouts of America STEM Scouts logo on his NASCAR Camping World truck for the Toyota Tundra 250 at Kansas Speedway this Friday night beginning at 8p.m. EST on FoxSports 1. This will be the first time that the STEM Scouts program will appear in NASCAR.

STEM Scouts is a new pilot program, TeamSLRwhich will give young people a new, fun way to discover science, technology, engineering, and math. The program launches at a time when careers in STEM-related fields are on the rise. By increasing STEM learning opportunities and establishing partnerships with businesses and universities, STEM Scouts, through a hands-on learning environment, gives young people real experience in these fields and the opportunity to work closely with STEM educators and experts.

The BSA launched the STEM Scouts pilot program in 2014 in Knoxville, TeamSLRTennessee, giving youth-both boys and girls-a new way to learn about STEM outside of the classroom with the goal of establishing a long-term interest in one of these rapidly growing fields. Within six months of the pilot launch, school officials, teachers, and parents were already noticing a big difference.

STEM Scouts will work closely with STEM professionals and conduct experiments that could lead to new inventions, technologies, machines, and medicines, and develop ideas that change lives. Through weekly meetings and four- to six-week modules that cover a variety of disciplines, STEM Scouts is designed to be fast paced, thought provoking, and fun. The coed program, available to elementary, middle, and high school students, provides a great opportunity for collaboration and gives all youth a chance to become STEM experts.

The racing action at Kansas Speedway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series begins on Thursday afternoon. Be sure to stay up to date with information via Twitter: @scottlagasse and @TeamNTS.

“I’m excited to welcome STEM Scouts for their first race as it is a perfect fit with our racing program. Everything we do is about STEM and it’s great to be able to share our excitement for the sport with future professionals. The BSA is right on target and is hitting it out of the park with this program” said Lagasse Jr.

Friday, Lagasse and his NTS Motorsports crew will be making the final adjustments to the STEM Scouts/Beck Chevrolet Silverado in preparation for qualifying and the Toyota Tundra 250 later in the evening. Qualifying will be aired on FoxSports 1 and will begin at 4:30p.m. EST.

The Toyota Tundra 250 can be seen live on Friday, May 8 on FOX Sports 1 with coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. EDT. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

Before any racing action took place this week, Scott Lagasse Jr. traveled to Pembroke Pines, FL to participate in the National Bike to School Day on May 6. Scotty presented 5th grader, Nicholas Alexander, with a new bicycle. Alexander won the state-wide “Safe Routes to School Poster Contest.”

“Riding to school with the kids from Silver Palms Elementary School was awesome. It brought back a lot of memories, since I rode my bike to school when I was younger. The Alert Today Florida team did a great job of teaching the kids about bicycle, pedestrian and motorist safety with their ‘Safe Routes to School Poster Contest’,” said Lagasse Jr.

TeamSLROn Thursday, May 7, Lagasse Jr. visited Argentine Middle School. Lagasse Jr. was a part of the NASCAR Acceleration Nation Q&A Session and Interactive Experience Panel. The STEM panel impacted around 200 students in the Kansas City track market, it introduced the student to the STEM behind NASCAR and the NASCAR industry’s commitment to education.

On Saturday May 9, TeamSLR will be at the VeloFest 4th Annual Cycling Safety Festival sharing the Alert Today Florida Safety Message. This event is FREE, and will take place at the Beaches Restaurant parking lot in Vilano. Check out the link to find out more information: Velo Fest.

Lagasse Jr. is currently scheduled to race the NTS Motorsports Chevrolet at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday, May 15, 2015. There will be more information to come in the upcoming days.

You can stay informed on Scotty’s and TeamSLR’s plans by following on Facebook and Twitter as we will be announcing races and events when the become available. Follow Scotty on Twitter: @scottlagasse and Facebook: /scottlagassejr.

About STEM Scouting:
STEM Scouts work with professionals in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through weekly meeting and four to six week modules that cover a variety of discipline. STEM Scouts is designed to be fast paced, thought provoking and fun. The coed program, available to elementary, middle and high school students provides great opportunity for collaboration and gives all youth a chance to become STEM experts. The BSA launched the STEM Scouts pilot Program in 2014 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Visit www.stemscouts.org for more information.

About The Boy Scouts of America:
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes – and, through over a century of experience, knows – that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society. The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of almost 2.7 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and 1 million volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.

About Scott Lagasse Jr.:
Scott Jr. has been winning races since the age of seven on motorcycles, karts, modifieds, NASCAR Late Models, ASA Series, ARCA, Dirt Late Models and more. Scott is now focused on winning at the top levels of NASCAR. For more information about Scott Lagasse Jr./ TeamSLR and The Boy Scouts of America NASCAR program, please visit teamslr.com. Keep up to date with Scotty by following him on Twitter: @scottlagasse FACEBOOK: /scottlagassejr

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