School Field Trips at The Academy of Racing

Our 5 hour long Academy of Racing Science field trips are designed for grade levels 5th-10th and are geared towards fueling kid's interest in STEM Education and future STEM careers. We offer a variety of lesson plans designed by teachers that meet the National and Next Gen Science standards. Students rotate through various experiments that utilize math skills to explore the science behind racing. Students will gain knowledge about aerodynamics, racing safety and technology, while learning the science behind the speed in greater depths and utilizing their new skills.

Our program integrates STEM concepts with cutting-edge racing technology into three adrenaline-packed lesson plans, each of which aligns with national, Next Generation Science and Missouri Learning Standards, to create an amazing experience for students. The high-energy lessons are facilitated by a group of engineers and scientists (who just happen to be race car drivers!) to encourage and inspire students to become the next generation of engineers and scientists. We offer variations of each lesson plan to accommodate students of different knowledge and grade levels. Additionally, our field trips can be customized to meet the needs of your school. The cost is just $15 per student and includes a race for each student while they are here!

A few examples of the many lessons we offer include:

 

The Physics Of Fast

The physics portion of our program consists of two parts. First, we delve into the racing line, speed, and acceleration, then we look at the science behind the speed. Students will complete time trials with 3 of our karts. One kart will be our controlled item going an average speed, the second kart is weighted with an extra 80 pounds, and our third kart will be travelling at twice the speed of our other karts. Students will look at how to find speed from our time trial data in this 45 minute on track experiment using the scientific method.

       

Speed Will Get Away From You

In this portion of the program we investigate tire rotation as it relates to diameter. Students will measure 8 different types of tires; from a tractor tire, to a kart tire. They will work in groups to find the diameter and distance of one rotation for each. Students will then find the ratio of diameter to distance, which equals Pi!

       

Oh Snap!

Students re-engineer a mousetrap car for increased performance. They will work in groups to customize these mousetrap cars, and in the end, build what they think will be the fastest car to race! With multiple variables to change on the cars, students will learn how certain items affect the performance of these mousetrap cars.

         

Our program integrates STEM concepts with cutting-edge racing technology into three adrenaline-packed lesson plans, each of which aligns with national, Next Generation Science and Missouri Learning Standards, to create an amazing experience for students. The high-energy lessons are facilitated by a group of engineers and scientists (who just happen to be race car drivers!) to encourage and inspire students to become the next generation of engineers and scientists.

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