San Bernardino County, Calif., middle-school students took a recent field trip to the Auto Club Speedway, where they learned about the science and engineering that goes into NASCAR race cars. The students participated in hands-on learning activities related to tire friction and how pressure and temperature affect gases. "What they're suddenly seeing is what they've been reading in their books" applied, said Linda Braatz Brown of the STEM-education-focused Alpha Center of the University of California Riverside. "They get to see (NASCAR) is not just someone sitting on a track, going left."
Calif. students get revved up for STEM lessons at NASCAR speedway
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