NASCAR, the National Association of Stock Car Automobile Racing, is speeding into STEM education.
Acceleration Nation is a new learning program created in partnership with Scholastic to teach elementary and middle school students about math and science behind NASCAR’s Three D’s of Speed: Drag, Downforce, and Drafting.
“When you look at the speed and design of our racecars and their performance on the track, NASCAR represents a unique platform to teach math and science. Our goal is to make learning these subjects fun for kids,” COO Brent Dewar said in a statement.
For students, AccelerationNation.com has hands-on activities and games in four categories: Think, Move, Build, and Team Up. “Under the Hood,” for example, tests them on NASCAR engine knowledge, while “Flash Cars” quizzes them on math. The RaceFlex racing game offers badges for completing online activities. There’s also a section for teachers with hands-on aerodynamics activities for students in grades 5 to 7.