Celebrating the Spirit of Competition


The Education Department at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is dedicated to educating the public about the evolution of the automobile. We educate the public through creative programming events, demonstration days, classroom lesson plans, classroom activities, classroom outreach, summer camps, field trips and tours. The Simeone’s theme is the Spirit of Competition, which at its heart explains the evolution of the automobile through automobile racing. Our historically and technically significant collection makes our lesson plans and classroom activities relevant to many different subject matter areas including history, social studies, science, technology, math, and art. Nearly all of the cars in the collection function; they run and drive. We use them for our demonstration days and for other educational events. There are few places in the world where you can connect to 75 cars with this kind of history that run, drive, and function.


The Simeone Foundation is a home for S. T. E. A. M. learning in Philadelphia

Science – The intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Every car in the collection is the result of experimentation to create the fastest automobile physics will allow.

Technology – Machinery and equipment developed from the application of scientific knowledge. The cars in the collection represent the pinnacle of technology for their time.

Engineering – The branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures. All the cars in the collection were created using the laws of science and applying math to technical problems to form the product we see.

Art – The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. Many of the cars in the collection were not only built for performance but designed for beauty and built by craftsmen.

Math – The language of numbers used to explain the laws of science. Without mathematics, we wouldn’t have cars! Math is used everywhere and by everyone during the history of these cars, creating some of the greatest automobile racing moments.

Classroom Lesson Plans

Classroom lesson plans are available for download for grades 5-12 under the teachers’ resources tab. All our lesson plans are designed to help classroom teachers teach and discuss many different and difficult topics using the cars in the collection. Lesson plans can be used as stand-alone classroom lessons or as an introduction to the museum before a field trip visit. Lesson plans can be tailored for your classroom upon request to meet a wide variety of needs. It is also possible to teach about a car and bring your students to see it drive!

“Spirit of Competition: Milestone Cars”

Grades: 5-12, Subject:  Social Studies/History

This lesson is designed to teach the themes and mission of the museum. It uses four cars as examples, showing significant automotive technological milestones throughout the 20th Century that helped create the modern automobile we use today.

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“Spirit of Competition: Milestones in Braking Systems”

Grades: 5-12, Subject:  Math/Science/Technology

Over the past 100+ years, automotive braking systems have evolved greatly to help slow cars more quickly and safely. This lesson is designed to explore and understand how and why braking systems work.

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Field Trips/Tours

Tours are available for grades 5-12 focusing on the “Spirit of Competition” explaining the evolution of the automobile through racing and competition. It is recommended that the Spirit of Competition: Milestone Cars lesson plan be used as an introductory lesson before a visit. However, it is not necessary.

Tour: Grades: 5-12 (content adapted for grade level) , Time: 1 hour

Topic: The Spirit of Competition: Starts with our oldest car from 1907 and finishes with our newest car from 1975. Significant technological and historic milestones are discussed as students are led through the museum.

Activity: Packet, worksheet, and free time photo scavenger hunt.

If you need more information or to request FREE educator tickets, use the form below to contact our Education department.