Houston Independent School District Students Enhance STEM Skills with the Mecum Challenge

By Auto News Log • April 9th, 2012

Houston Independent School District Students Enhance STEM Skills with the Mecum Challenge

Discovery Education, Velocity, Mecum Auctions and XFINITY to take students beyond the classroom to ignite their interest in STEM through a scavenger hunt and behind-the-scenes tour of a live Mecum Auto Auction

Students to be featured on Velocity during the Mecum Auto Auction Show


On Friday, April 13, Discovery Education, Velocity, Mecum Auctions and XFINITY will provide Houston Independent School District students and their mentors the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt through the Mecum Auto Auction at the Reliant Center and get a behind-the-scenes look at the production of the auction. A unique learning opportunity designed to ignite students’ interest in STEM, the scavenger hunt will feature 12 questions about the science of cars and engines. To kick off the scavenger hunt, Velocity host Dana Mecum will speak to participants about Mecum cars, Mecum Auto Auctions and the importance of STEM education. A production crew will film the students as they conduct the scavenger hunt and produce a feature that will air on Velocity inviting viewers to take the Mecum Challenge. Twenty-five students from five schools in the Houston Independent School District have been selected to participate in the Mecum Challen

The Mecum Challenge is designed to provide students an opportunity to connect skills learned in school to a real-life situation; inspire students to develop a lifelong passion for science, technology, engineering and math; and encourage students to explore STEM careers in the future.


– Houston Independent School District students and their mentors
– Dana Mecum and Mecum Auctions representatives
– Representatives from Discovery Education, Velocity and XFINITY


Friday, April 13 – 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Reliant Center
One Reliant Park, Houston, TX 77054


Heidi May, Discovery Education
heidi_may@discovery.com, 240-662-2661

Brittany Whiteford, Velocity
brittany_whiteford@discovery.com, 240-381-8170

Christine Giovingo, Mecum Auctions
christine@mecum.com, 815-526-2198

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

About Velocity

Velocity, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is the upscale men’s cable network that provides thrilling HD programming for its viewers. Velocity programming is diverse, intelligent and engaging, with series and specials representing the best of the automotive, sports and leisure, adventure and travel genres. Formerly HD Theater, the fully HD network is available in approximately 40 million homes. For more information on Velocity, please visit Velocity.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/VelocityTV or on Twitter @VelocityTV1.

About Comcast Cable

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

About Mecum Auctions

The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 25 years, now offering more than 10,000 vehicles per year. Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, classic motorcycle, vintage wooden boat and road art sales. Auctions are held throughout the United States and broadcast live on Discovery’s Velocity Network. For further information, visit www.mecum.com or call 262.275.5050. Visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/mecumauction or on Twitter @mecum.

Source: Mecum Auctions


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