For Science Without Right Turns, There’s Acceleration Nation

The NASCAR season has officially started in the United States, with the Daytona 500 scheduled to take place tomorrow.  In partnership with Scholastic, NASCAR has launched a program to help kids in grades 5-7 learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics lessons through racing games and puzzles.  The site is called Acceleration Nation.

One emphasis of the program is aerodynamics.  Lessons are organized around what the program calls the ‘three D’s’ of speed: drag, downforce and drafting.  The Acceleration Nation website has games and puzzles to test skills in math, engine knowledge and building ability.  The website activities and classroom lessons can be augmented by track-day experiences where kids get behind the wheel and can learn more about how the race cars work.

Participating classes have an opportunity to win money, and there are prizes available for those competing online.  You will need to register in order to win.


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