NASCAR Uses Racing to Spark Classroom Interest in STEM

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It takes a lot of geometry and physics to get a race car to go 200 laps at speeds that can top 200 mph.

In a nod to the often overlooked science behind races like Sunday’s Daytona 500, NASCAR is announcing a years-long commitment to promote “STEM” — the buzzword for science, technology, engineering and math — inside classrooms and out.

The NASCAR Acceleration Nation initiative focuses on the three D’s of speed — downforce, drafting and drag — and includes instructional materials for teachers.

The effort being announced Friday is a way for NASCAR to show the fun side of engineering and math and to encourage fans to view NASCAR in a new way, said Brent Dewar, NASCAR’s chief operating officer. Read More