Recognized by the North Carolina Motorsports Association, the STEM program at Charlotte Motor Speedway offers students a fun and educational experience. Students will relate motorsports to core principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by navigating through various hands-on stations. Upon completion of the stations, students are welcome to experience the 24 degree banking of Charlotte Motor Speedway by taking a tour van ride around the 1.5 mile NASCAR track!
SPEED & ACCELERATION
Come and explore the velocity of a moving car! Teams will clock and measure speeds at varying angles that correlate to our different race tracks.
REMOTE CONTROL CARS
Get ready to race! Teams will run a series of qualifying times and compete in races based upon the average they calculate.
WEIGHT & BALANCE
Students will form "pit crews" and work together as they learn about weight distribution. Pit crews will calculate pre-adjustment and post-adjustment weight.
Groups will use a set of cars to measure the degree of traction on multiple surfaces. They will form a hypothesis based on the angle the car will move.
Students will learn how friction plays an important role in motorsports. This station will focus on Newton's Laws of Motion.
WHEN: STEM Field Trips can be booked Monday - Friday. Each session will last approximately 3.5 hours
WHERE: zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway Bruton Smith Boulevard Concord, North Carolina 28027
COST: $20/student. We require 1 teacher/chaperone for every 10 students. Due to limited space availability, additional chaperones will not be able to attend. If a school requires a different teacher/student ratio, it would have to be approved.
A covered outdoor pavilion, equipped with picnic tables, is available for groups who choose to bring lunch.