In 2019, Mongoose and USA BMX Foundation, the nonprofit arm of USA BMX – the world’s largest BMX racing organization – announced a partnership to bring educational programming into schools across the country. The Foundation’s programs focus on STEM education through hands-on, project-based learning concepts, in which young students are learning new ways of seeing science, technology, engineering, and math all through the lens of a BMX bike.
Mongoose began this partnership by sponsoring two programs, Track Modeling and Read to Ride. The Track Modeling is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and uses the Three-Dimensional Learning Model framework. Through science and engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas, students have an opportunity to conceptualize, design and build a scale BMX track.
An estimated 225,000 students were reached in 2019 as a direct result of this collaboration with Mongoose. In 2020, Mongoose became the official sponsor of all USA BMX Foundation programs, including the BMX STEM Program. This project-based program offers an eight (8) module curriculum that is equal parts education, athletics, and exercise. Students use BMX bikes to perform various experiments to explore the world of STEM.
“I am from the generation where the name Mongoose is iconic,” said USA BMX Foundation’s Executive Director, Mike Duvarney. “Partnering with such a legendary brand allows us to reach more schools and more students, effectively doubling the number of students we will impact.”
In 2019, Mongoose also added nine-time USA BMX National Champion and USA BMX Foundation marketing coordinator, Justin Posey, to the Mongoose team as a sponsored rider and education ambassador. While Mongoose has deep roots in BMX race having sponsored several legends of sport dating back to the mid-70s, Posey is the brand’s first BMX racing pro in 13 years. In 2020, Mongoose and the Foundation expanded their on-track and off-track support by signing three more world-class riders in Cam Wood, Payton Ridenour and Mason Hayes.
For more information on the USA BMX Foundation programs and how you can bring one of these programs to your community, please visit www.usabmxfoundation.org.