Welcome to Vettecademy, a new series geared towards school-age kids, offering at-home educational and entertaining episodes on various aspects of Corvette.
Our first episode, hosted by Museum Educator Deb Howard, focuses on the Corvette Generations. What are ‘generations’? How many generations of Corvette are there? Learn this and more in our short and fun episode!
We can guarantee you will have a lot of Corvette eye candy to check out, too!
The second episode of Vettecademy, hosted by Museum Director of Marketing and Communication Katie Ellison, focuses on the what happened February 12, 2014 and the days following after a large sinkhole opened up inside the Museum. We will share details and facts that you may not have heard before, including the science and engineering that went on behind the scenes. Discover what lies below the floor of the Museum’s Skydome with a 3D interactive tour at corvettemuseum.org/explore/exhibits/corvette-cave-in-exhibit/
The third episode of Vettecademy, hosted by Daniel Decker of the Museum’s Vehicle Maintenance and Preservation Department, gives you a crash course on how to change a tire on a vehicle. Daniel gives viewers step by step tips, including why it can be beneficial to change your tire yourself.
In this episode of Vettecademy we learn a little about some of the past Chief Designers for General Motors and Chevrolet, as well as what inspired them. We will then read along the book ‘If I Built a Car’ by Chris Van Dusen with Museum Educator Deb Howard.
In our fifth episode of Vettecademy, our Director of Collections/Curator Derek E. Moore shares information on the early history of the Corvette, including why Chevrolet pursued developing a sports car, it’s original name, some of the inspiration for the car and more.
Corvette realized early on that kids can influence a household’s buying decisions. This lead to Corvette pedal cars! There have been many Corvette toys since those early days. How many of them do you have?
In this episode of Vettecademy we have a little storytime – reading the National Corvette Museum’s children’s book ‘Vinny the Vette’ about a Corvette who was picked up by his ‘parents’ at the Museum through the Delivery Program!
Museum Vehicle Maintenance and Preservation Technician Daniel Decker shows us how (and why) to change your oil.
What’s the meaning behind the Corvette logo? Who created the National Corvette Museum logo? How many variations of the Corvette logo are there? Learn this and more on this episode of Vettecademy!
What influenced Chevrolet to name America’s Sports Car ‘Corvette’? Who came up with the name and why? Learn this and more on this episode!
You’ve heard about Harley Earl, Ed Cole, Zora Duntov… but did you know that behind the scenes of Corvette (and other GM products) was a team of women known as the Damsels of Design? Hear about their contributions to America’s iconic sports car!
Learn why there was no saleable 1983 model year Corvettes available and where you can see the one (and a half!) remaining test Corvettes for that year.
In today’s episode of Vettecademy, join race car driver Andy Pilgrim as he discusses basic car safety tips for children!
In today’s Vettecademy, learn about three Corvette concept cars of the past. These cars showcased not only the thought process that goes into some incredible design style, but also some forward thinking technology as Corvette looked toward its future!
In this episode of Vettecademy, explore the science behind a well-known chemical reaction, and watch as we turn it into a fun activity for our youngest car enthusiasts!
Have you ever wondered how a car, a horse, and math could be interconnected? In today’s episode of Vettecademy, discover the history behind this relationship. Use the power of a horse (horsepower), along with a few math calculations to learn how objects can be lifted and moved!
Did you ever stop to think about the materials that go into building a sports car? In today’s Vettecademy, learn about the lightweight material known as fiberglass and how it ended up on the Corvette. Can you think of anything else made out of fiberglass?
A time capsule is a collection of items or information meant to communicate with people of a future generation. In today’s Vettecademy learn about the time capsule on the grounds at the National Corvette Museum, a Corvette that is a time capsule of it’s own, and how you can make one at home!
In today’s Vettecademy learn all about the adventures of Betty Skelton. Betty was known as the “First Lady of Firsts” for her accomplishments in the world of aviation, racing, business, and so much more!
In today’s episode of Vettecademy, we continue to discuss the adventures of Betty Skelton in her children’s biography picture book, “Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton” by Meghan McCarthy.
In past episodes we’ve talked about prototype cars, concept cars, and show cars. In today’s episode of Vettecademy, we dive into the purpose of development and test cars. Have you seen one driving around before?
We hope that you have been enjoying Vettecademy! In today’s episode test your Corvette knowledge based on what you’ve learned so far!
In today’s Vettecademy learn about the first Chief Engineer for the Corvette program at General Motors, Mr. Zora Arkus-Duntov. Zora was responsible for transforming the Corvette into what it is today by taking chances.
In today’s episode of Vettecademy, hear the story “Race Car Dreams” by Sharon Chriscoe and illusrated by Dave Mottram. After a day at the track of zipping and zooming, a race car is tired and ready for bed, he drifts off to sleep and dreams of the race!
Have you ever wondered how and where the Corvette is built? In today’s episode of Vettecademy, learn about the history of the assembly line and how you can make an assembly line at home.
In today’s episode of Vettecademy, learn about a few milestone Corvettes! Have you celebrated a milestone recently?
The Corvette has evolved with each generation and so has it’s advertising. In today’s episode of Vettecademy, take a closer look into those advertisements.
In today’s episode of Vettecademy, learn about a word that’s very important when it comes to the performance of Corvettes and other racing vehicles… aerodynamics! Also, learn about a few activities you can do at home to test aerodynamics.
In today’s episode of Vettecademy, “get your kicks” with a lesson on the famous Route 66!
Today on Vettecademy meet special guest, retired Director of Exterior Design for the GM Performance Car Studio, Tom Peters, from his home where he teaches us how to draw a Corvette!
In today’s episode of Vettecademy, learn about the Corvette pace cars that paced the Indy 500 over the last several decades!
We hope that you have enjoyed season 1 of Vettecademy! Let us know your thoughts on this edutaining series. Share your favorite episodes, and let us know what you’d like to see us cover in Season 2!