Barrett-Jackson, in conjunction with SciTech Institute, is launching a new community education and outreach initiative focused on STEM education called “Gearing Towards the Future.” (Barrett-Jackson/Submitted)

Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, and SciTech Institute have joined forces to launch “Gearing Towards the Future,” a new community education and outreach initiative focused on STEM education. 

The program will serve a leading role in encouraging and developing future automotive engineers and technicians through learning modules focused on teaching young people how to solve problems and develop new skills using challenge-based contests related to automobiles.

“Barrett-Jackson is passionate about its long history of creating family-friendly automotive lifestyle events that encourage multiple generations to come together and enjoy a shared interest with one another,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.

“This new STEM program provides an even greater opportunity to engage with the youth here in Arizona through an exciting educational platform that will help support the future community of automotive enthusiasts.”

Gearing Towards the Future began the week of Sept. 5 and project submissions will close Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in advance of the annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, which takes place Jan. 21 through 29.

For Arizona students interested in participating in the contest, there are three different options available. There is a more advanced, 10th grade-only competition focused on the design and build of an electrical component for any vehicle for the future of transportation. There is also a 4th grade-only competition focused on presenting the design and layout of a future vehicle. Then, open for all grades, Pre-K through 12, there is a competition that focuses on presenting a plan for future transportation options in a community setting of any size.

Gearing Towards the Future will culminate at STEM Fest, a one-day event on the first Saturday of Barrett-Jackson’s 2023 Scottsdale Auction as part of Barrett-Jackson’s Family Day. STEM Fest will spotlight all the Gearing Towards the Future winners and their projects along with companies and organizations focused on STEM initiatives. Contest winners will also receive their awards at this event.

“We are so excited to continue our partnership with Barrett-Jackson,” said Dr. Jeremy Babendure, Executive Director of SciTech Institute.

“Their engagement with STEM is a prime example of how science, technology, engineering and math are so important in our lives. We are grateful for their continued interest in bringing STEM to Arizona’s long-lived tradition of the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale.”

SciTech Institute is a Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing and promoting STEM education and awareness in Arizona and beyond. In an effort to achieve this, SciTech has some of the strongest STEM initiative programs in the state, including the Arizona SciTech Festival, the Chief Science Officers program, the RAIN grant, the Arizona STEM School Community of Practice and Science For All. SciTech Institute is a collaborative initiative with the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Technology Council Foundation

Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, headquartered in Scottsdale, is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events, which include authentic automobilia auctions and the sale of private collections. Welcoming over 500,000 attendees per year, Barrett-Jackson produces live collector car auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Houston, Texas, where thousands of the most sought-after, unique and valuable automobiles cross the block in front of a global audience. 

For more information on Gearing Towards the Future and how to participate in the projects themselves, including outlines, registration and submission, visit