In September of 2010 the White House helped launch Change the Equation, a non-profit organization dedicated to rallying the business community around STEM education in America. Since then many companies have answered the call, and as a result, the next generation of teachers, techs, engineers and science professionals enjoys a wide variety of free educational resources that didn’t exist previously.
Which brings us to the welcome arrival of NASCAR Acceleration Nation, a new on-line, STEM-based learning platform that’s as much fun as it is educational. Focusing on the aerodynamic principles of Drag, Downforce and Drafting—what NASCAR calls the Three D’s of Speed—downloadable lesson plans are designed for students in grades 5-7, and conform to state and Next Generation Science standards.
On the fun side, the NASCAR Acceleration Nation Experience will bring the platform to life for children and families at racetracks.
“NASCAR Acceleration Nation is about bringing kids closer to our sport in an entertaining and educational way,” says Brent Dewar, Chief Operating Officer, NASCAR. “When you look at the speed and design of our race cars and their performance on the track, NASCAR represents a unique platform to teach math and science. Our goal is to make learning these subjects fun for kids.”
Adds Ann Amstuz-Hayes, SVP Scholastic National Partnerships, “Kids are always inspired by real-life events around them. This program is a great example of how the science behind a sport and can be brought to life for students in way that is both educational, relevant and fun.”
Check out NASCAR Acceleration Nation for yourself.
—Stephen Vincent D’Emidio
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