STEAM Expo Brings Together Education, Motorsports As 1,500 Students, Teachers and Parents Kick Off Race Weekend
America’s Home for Racing will be America’s Home for Educating when the speedway’s annual STEAM Expo returns on Friday, Oct. 7 to kick off an action-packed weekend culminating with the fifth running of the Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 on Sunday, Oct. 9.
An effort to educate participants about all things science, technology, engineering, arts and math as they relate to motorsports, the STEAM Expo will bring together more than 1,500 students, teachers and parents from across North and South Carolina for a day of hands-on, interactive fun. Pre-registration for the event is required and only a few spaces remain. Click here to register.
Nearly 50 different vendors will participate in the event, including the NASCAR Hall of Fame, UNC Charlotte’s Chemistry Club, G-Force Robotics and iFly Charlotte, offering hands-on learning and activities throughout the morning. Additionally, NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Ryan Vargas and up-and-coming racer Isabella Robusto will be on hand to share their perspective as drivers.
STEAM Expo participants will also have the chance to ride a 90-foot Ferris Wheel, test their skills on racing simulators in the Toyota Racing display, tour Lug Nut’s Garage in the Bank of America footprint and so much more.
“It’s always fun to see children light up as they learn about how science, technology, engineering and math play such a pivotal role in motorsports,” said Greg Walter, executive vice president and general manager at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Having them here for the STEAM Expo as we kick off a huge race weekend really drives home all of the different avenues that exist for careers in the racing industry. These students are the future of motorsport, and the future is bright.”
The STEAM EXPO runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 in the fan zone.
Weekend Entertainment Lineup
The STEAM Expo kicks off Fan Friday at the speedway, which will also include an autograph session and driver appearances by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Ty Gibbs and Brandon Jones beginning at 5 p.m. Beginning at 7 p.m., fans will be treated to a unique hauler parade through the fan zone before legendary rocker and Poison frontman Bret Michaels takes the stage at 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, NASCAR Xfinity Series drivers will battle it out for victory in the Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Following the race, fans can keep the party going with a concert by Tim Dugger in the Fan Zone, before 3 Doors Down rocks the ROVAL.
Rap superstar Nelly will open the final day with a pre-race infield performance that will get everyone hyped as the NASCAR Cup Series will face off in the pivotal Bank of America ROVAL™ 400.
To purchase Drive for the Cure 250 and Bank of America ROVAL™ 400 race tickets, fans can shop online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or call 1-800-455-FANS (3267). Kids 12 and under get in all weekend for just $10. Tickets also include access to any of three nights of A-list music acts, including concerts by Poison frontman Bret Michaels on Friday, Oct. 7; rock band 3 Doors Down on Saturday, Oct. 8; and an infield pre-race concert with rap superstar Nelly prior to Sunday’s Bank of America ROVAL™ 400.
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