STEAM: Daily Program
Recognized by the North Carolina Motorsports Association, our daily STEAM program at Charlotte Motor Speedway offers student groups a fun and educational experience like no other. Students will relate motorsports to core principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. Force, motion, energy and engineering are some of the topics that come alive as kids navigate through hands-on stations. Grip and slip demonstrates how traction and friction play an important role at the track while speed and acceleration lets kids explore the velocity of a moving car at varying angles. Critical thinking skills will be put to the test as students form a hypothesis and understand racing design concepts.
Upon completion of the stations, students are welcome to experience the 24-degree banking of Charlotte Motor Speedway by riding around the 1.5-mile NASCAR track in a tour van!
Have questions? We have answers! Below are some of the more common questions that we are asked regarding our STEAM program. If you can't find the answer you are looking for you can email us at [email protected].
The program runs throughout the year Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
You can email [email protected] for reservations.
STEAM visits require a minimum of 30 students and we can accommodate up to 200 students per day. Groups under the minimum may look at our Special Event Days, Homeschool Days or email us at [email protected] for further information.
We require 1 teacher/chaperone for every 10 students at no charge. Due to limited space availability, we discourage additional chaperones. It is $10 for each additional adult wishing to attend.
Our curriculum is suited for 4th grade through high school. The STEAM program meets Common Core Standards.
Lower grades may be accommodated upon request.
All on-track activities require a signed minor waiver. Download Waiver.
The STEAM program lasts approximately 3-3.5 hours.
This includes STEAM activities, lunch and track experience.
This is a sample itinerary only.
- 9:30am - Students arrive
- 9:30am–11:00am - STEAM activities
- 11:00am–12:00pm - Lunch
- 12:00pm–1:00pm - NASCAR track experience
- 1:00pm - Departure
Yes! Our program aligns with NC & SC common core standards. Copies of our program curriculum standards are available upon request.
Please park at at zMAX Dragway, 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd. Concord, NC. Ample parking is provided for cars and busses. There is no charge for parking!
No, STEAM is held indoors. If your school is staying for lunch, we do have an outside pavilion equipped with picnic tables. If weather does not permit, we will make arrangements for lunch indoors
Yes! All students, with a signed waiver, will participate in either the van ride or a track walk. All adults attending will be able to participate as well.
Charlotte Motor Speedway (the “Speedway”) has taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, drivers, crew, vendors, employees and other guests.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present, including the Speedway and the event for which you are purchasing admission. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. People who show no symptoms may spread COVID-19 if they are infected and therefore any event where people are present may pose heightened risk of contracting COVID-19. If you are considered a high-risk person as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you may be especially vulnerable to COVID-19. You should evaluate your own risk in determining whether to attend any public event including the event at the Speedway for which you are purchasing admission. As a condition of admission to this event at the Speedway you will be required to abide by all current facility rules, posted instructions, and protocols while on premises or risk ejection, including, but not limited to the following, which may be periodically revised in accordance with public health guidance or requirements, or other guidance or requirements:
Guests are encouraged (and may be required) to wear a cloth face covering (all guests who are 3 years or older).
Guests may be required to submit to a non-contact temperature check prior to entry.
Guests may be presented with a brief questionnaire prior to entry to confirm that they are not currently experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms and/or have not been recently exposed to the virus which causes COVID-19.
Guests must maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between their travel party and others. Guests are reminded to wash their hands frequently with soap and water.
For guests who may need an accommodation in order to comply with any facility rules and/or protocols, please contact our guest services team for further information.
In addition, to further protect the health and safety of our guests and employees, you will not be admitted to the Speedway and you should stay home if within past fourteen (14) days you have:
- Tested positive or have been deemed presumptively positive with COVID-19;
- Sought testing to determine whether you might have COVID-19 due to contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and have not yet received the results;
- Been informed that you may have been exposed to Coronavirus or learned that you have been in the immediate vicinity of a person now known to have been carrying the Coronavirus;
- Experienced any of the following symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, OR two or more of any of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.
WAIVER - ASSUMPTION OF RISK We appreciate your cooperation as we strive to make the guest experience as safe as possible for all. Although preventative measures set forth by the facility are intended to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. By purchasing tickets to and/or attending this event at the Speedway you acknowledge the risks above. You also acknowledge notice of and agree to follow all facility rules, posted instructions, and protocols. You also agree to notify all guests for whom you are purchasing tickets of the instructions and protocols disclosed here, those that may be made publicly available for the event, and those that may be conveyed prior to your party’s arrival. You acknowledge and agree that you are voluntarily assuming all risks of exposure to COVID-19 and agree to release, waive and discharge Charlotte Motor Speedway, its parent entities, and all related and affiliated individuals and entities, and all individuals and entities involved in the event at the Speedway which you are attending, from all claims directly or indirectly arising from your visit to the Speedway.
zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway Bruton Smith Boulevard Concord, North Carolina 28027
$21/student. We require 1 teacher/chaperone for every 10 students at no charge. Due to limited space availability, we discourage additional chaperones. It is $10 for each additional adult wishing to attend.
Have lunch with us! A covered outdoor pavilion, equipped with picnic tables, is available for groups who choose to bring lunch or choose our pizza lunch option provided by our partners at Hungry Howie's Pizza!
School groups may choose from one of the following options:
Students will rotate through 3 interactive STEAM stations focusing on force and motion, traction and friction and speed and acceleration. Each station lasts approximately 25 minutes.
Students will collaborate in teams to engineer, test and race a car. Teams will choose from various materials for the design in this 90 minute session.
Please indicate the option you choose when you reserve your date.
To register your group for a visit, email a STEAM coordinator at [email protected]
Invoices will be issued at time of registration and payment is due at time of visit. Pre payments may be arranged by contacting your STEAM coordinator. We accept cash, check or charge. Checks should be made payable to Charlotte Motor Speedway. We operate on a 10-to-1 student/teacher ratio. Additional teachers/chaperones are $10 each. School groups are responsible for collecting additional monies. Ten days prior to visit, groups will be responsible to pay a minimum of 90% of the last recorded student count.
Cancellation notice of 2 weeks is required to receive a full refund. Cancellations made within 2 weeks of scheduled visit will be responsible for 20% of balance due. There are no fees for rescheduling as long as visit is rescheduled within one week of cancellation date and visit is completed within 12 months of originally scheduled date.
- The Daily STEAM program runs M-F year round and is open for school groups of 30 or more.
- It lasts approximately 3.5 hours, beginning at 9:30 and ending at 1:00. We can be flexible with start & end times based on the school’s needs.
- We can accommodate up to 200 students per day.
- We operate on a 1:10 teacher/student ratio. Any additional adults beyond that are $10 each. The program is $21/student.
- Students will have 90 minutes of STEAM activities, break for lunch and take a ride in our tour vans on the NASCAR track.
- Groups may bring a bag lunch or choose from our pizza lunch option for an additional charge.
- Schools may choose from Option A- students rotate through 3 stations, traction/friction, speed/acceleration and energy moves. Option B is a build car session. Kids will work in teams to build a car out of various and recycled materials.