National Science Teaching Association: STEM at the Track

See, smell, hear, and feel science in action with STEM at the Track, a resource guide featuring fun and engaging science lessons and activities for students in grades K-12 to do at the racetrack.

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While NASCAR’s race cars may run on fuel, we know it’s
the science behind the race that makes it all possible—from
drag, downforce, and drafting to force, friction, and energy.
As part of our collaboration between National Association
for Stock Car Auto Racing, LLC (NASCAR) and the
National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) to develop
new science curriculum for educators nationwide, we
created this STEM at the Track Guide as a way to bring the
excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning
NSTA is known for right to the track, so students can see,
smell, hear, and feel science in action.

Did you ever get asked how exactly NASCAR drivers
communicate from their car? Or why does a race car look
the way it does? Or what exactly does a Race Director
do? The following activities, grouped by age-appropriate
content for elementary, middle, and high school levels, will
take a deeper dive into these types of questions with a fun
and interactive approach.

Take the time to allow students to explore, ask questions,
and experience the many examples of STEM in action
throughout the track using the following lessons and

We thank you for your interest in sharing a love of STEM
with students at your track. We hope you find these
materials fun and inspiring—you never know when
you’ll be sharing these with the next Team Engineer, Race
Director, or Technical Inspector!

Lessons included:

  • How Do NASCAR Officials
    Communicate Using Flags? (K – 5)
  • How Have Science Discoveries
    Helped Shape Race Cars? (Middle School)
  • What Career Opportunities
    Are There in NASCAR? (High School)


Science Topics
Physics, Sports
K-6, Middle School, High School, Educator
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
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