About 80 eighth-grade students at the Twin Valley Middle School, 770 Clymer Hill Road in Elverson, Chester County, have been talking and studying about her beauty, performance and European flair for several months.
Four teachers at Twin Valley, Rachel Smith, Jon Regino, Donna Kertis and Jennifer George, have been incorporating her unique qualities into their language arts, algebra and science classes as the focus of their studies and curriculum programs.
On May 4, they’ll finally get to see her in person when she comes to the school to meet her admirers. The boys and girls will greet the subject of their studies – the all-new, $229,000 (base price) McLaren MP4-12C supercar, the retail automobile that was designed using knowledge and technological breakthroughs gained from nearly five decades of McLaren participation in Formula One racing.
“This project started because of a fundamental belief that I hold that education must be real, relevant and rigorous. Once I told the youngsters that I saw the MP4-12C, I realized how easy it would be to teach using the car as a curricular guide,” said Smith, a language arts teacher, who has been using the McLaren as a topic in her class work since February. “While many of the students love cars and know much about them, none have ever seen a McLaren, and they’re very excited to experience it in person.
“In science class, the students talked about the scientific method and its relationship to the company’s design of this perfect car; in math class, they’ve discussed the drag speed coefficient and perfect mathematical equations the car must offer; and in language arts, they’ve read and written persuasively, informatively and in narrative about this innovative automobile. They’ve been learning and now they’ll get a chance to meet the supercar that inspired it all,” “Smith said.
The excitement will start at Twin Valley Middle School when Chad Sierer, Sales Manager of McLaren Philadelphia, 1631 West Chester Pike, West Chester, one of only nine McLaren dealerships in the United States, drives up to the school on May 4. Sierer’s arrival will be signaled by the distinctive growl of the MP4-12C’s 3.8-liter, V8 twin turbo engine that produces 592 horsepower and 445 lb-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm.
“We are extremely pleased that our extraordinary automobile was selected to be a learning tool for the young people at Twin Valley Middle School,” said Robert DiStanislao, President of McLaren Philadelphia. “I applaud the teachers at Twin Valley for their creative lesson planning techniques that make learning fun and relevant for their students. I look forward to seeing what their study project has produced.”
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