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STEM Field Trips at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Field Trips tie math and science to motorsports to create a fun and entertaining learning experience.

The STEM Field Trip will last approximately 3 hours.  

The students will rotate through 5 stations - each activity will take 25 minutes and we've allowed 5 minutes to rotate to the next station.

This curriculum is based on a 5th - 7th grade level
Minimum number of students 45
Maximum number of students 120

Stations:

1. Track Tour

The students will take a guided tour and will see the banking of the track and other engineering/design features of the 1.5 mile speedway.  Students will determine the speed of the van based on the time it took to go around the track. 

2. Traction/Friction

The materials for this station are:  three block cars made with a different material on the bottom (indoor carpet, Formica, rubber conveyor belting); adjustable ramps with the same surface as the cars; spring scale; spray water bottle.

The objective is to determine the inclination, angle and rise to run, at which each combination of tire surface (bottom of the car) and road surface initiates sliding.  In addition, the conveyor belting surface can be misted with the water bottle to illustrate why race cars with slicks don’t race in the rain.

3. Acceleration

The materials for this station are:  2 adjustable ramps; die cast cars; tape measures; stop watches.  The purpose of this station is to explore the velocity of a car moving down a slope as the angle increases.  The speed of the car is to be determined as it rolls down the ramp at varying angles.

4. Balance

This station uses a US Legends Car; scales; jack.  With the car placed on scales, the students will learn that the weight of each wheel refers to the fraction of the total weight carried by each wheel.  They will also learn about "cross weight" and what how the fraction of weight changes per tire when the wedge bolt or jack bolt is adjusted.

5. Radio Controlled Cars (RC Cars)

This station uses an RC car; bumpers; stop watches; 1 extra set of tires.  The students will race the car from a pre-determined Point A to Point B and then back to Point A; change all 4 tires (this extra set of tires will be of a different texture); race the car down the same path.  Students will time each race and make determinations based on each tire texture.

During each exercise, the students will record the data, and then make a prediction based on that data.  The cost is $15 dollars per student and lunch is not provided.

The CMS STEM Field Trip was developed by the Ten80 Student Racing Challenge.

Contact Information:

Babette Huitt Newton

STEM  and Tour Services Supervisor

bnewton@charlottemotorspeedway.com

Feel the Thrill Speedway Tour

Our “refueled” Feel the Thrill Tour offers fans a close-up look at areas that are off-limits on race days. You will see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage, navigate through two infield race tracks, make your way down Pit Road and take a picture in Victory Circle. Learn the history of Charlotte Motor Speedway while enjoying a comfortable van ride around the Superspeedway where you will feel the full-tilt force of the 24-degree banking. Plus, visit zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte on this exciting tour!

Additional Details
(704) 455-3223

Feel the Thrill Speedway Tour

Our “refueled” Feel the Thrill Tour offers fans a close-up look at areas that are off-limits on race days. You will see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garage, navigate through two infield race tracks, make your way down Pit Road and take a picture in Victory Circle. Learn the history of Charlotte Motor Speedway while enjoying a comfortable van ride around the Superspeedway where you will feel the full-tilt force of the 24-degree banking. Plus, visit zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte on this exciting tour!

Monday - SaturdaySunday
9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM & 3:30 PM 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM & 3:30 PM

Price:

  • $12.00 per person
  • $10.00 per person for seniors (55 and older), military personnel, EMS/Fire/Police personnel and children ages 9 and younger.

Tour Length: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Departure Location: Second floor of Smith Tower
Time: Please arrive 30 minutes early for check-in
Weather: Tours operate rain or shine, please plan accordingly
Dress Code: Comfortable clothing for outdoors and air conditioned vans, comfortable shoes for walking, sunscreen, sunglasses
Tipping Policy: No tipping please, your tour is all inclusive!
Please Note: All tour participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. You are responsible for providing your own car seat for children. All on-track events are subject to track availability.

FOR ALL GROUP TOUR INQUIRIES PLEASE EMAIL grouptours@charlottemotorspeedway.com

(704) 455-3223

Over The Wall Tour

The Over the Wall Tour is designed for the hard-core NASCAR fan. This intimate group tour includes all the details of the Feel the Thrill Tour plus exclusive additional features. In addition to a detailed visit to the zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte, you will have a walking tour through The Speedway Club and visit one of our 113 suites, Performance Racing Network (PRN) studios, and experience the breathtaking view of Charlotte Motor Speedway from the top of the Ford Grandstand. Later you will cruise down pit road and experience first-hand the feel of the 24 degree banking. Tour the Media Center and take a walk down memory lane as you view timeless photos of CMS history. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity today by reserving your seat in advance or visiting the Tour Desk on the second floor of Smith Tower.

Additional Details
704-455-3223

Over The Wall Tour

The Over the Wall Tour is designed for the hard-core NASCAR fan. This intimate group tour includes all the details of the Feel the Thrill Tour plus exclusive additional features. In addition to a detailed visit to the zMAX Dragway and The Dirt Track at Charlotte, you will have a walking tour through The Speedway Club and visit one of our 113 suites, Performance Racing Network (PRN) studios, and experience the breathtaking view of Charlotte Motor Speedway from the top of the Ford Grandstand. Later you will cruise down pit road and experience first-hand the feel of the 24 degree banking. Tour the Media Center and take a walk down memory lane as you view timeless photos of CMS history. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity today by reserving your seat in advance or visiting the Tour Desk on the second floor of Smith Tower.

Schedule for Non-Event Days

MONDAY – SATURDAY:SUNDAY:
10:30 AM & 1:30 PM Group Tours Only

Price:

  • $20.00 per person
  • $18.00 per person for seniors (55 and older), military personnel, EMS/Fire/Police personnel and children ages 9 and younger

Tour Length: 2 hours

Departure Location: Second floor of Smith Tower

Time: Please arrive 30 minutes early for check-in

Weather: Tours operate rain or shine, please plan accordingly

Dress Code: Comfortable clothing for outdoors and air conditioned van, comfortable shoes for walking, sunscreen, sunglasses

Tipping Policy: No tipping please, your tour is all inclusive!

Please Note: All tour participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. You are responsible for providing your own car seat for children. All on-track events are subject to track availability.

Before or after your tour, you have the opportunity to enjoy lunch in our luxurious Speedway Club. Dress code is required and advanced reservations are suggested 704-455-3216.

704-455-3223
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