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NASCAR effort focuses on math, science for kids

1 year 8 months 1 day ago February 20, 2015 Feb 20, 2015 Friday, February 20 2015 February 20, 2015 1:32 AM in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Students who like NASCAR take note: You need a lot of geometry and physics to get a race car to go 200 laps at speeds that can top 200 mph.

In a nod to the often overlooked science behind races like Sunday's Daytona 500, NASCAR is announcing a years-long commitment to promote "STEM" in classrooms. STEM is the buzzword for science, technology, engineering and math.

NASCAR says it's distributing 7,400 kits to classroom teachers focused on aerodynamics and race cars that explore the three D's of racing - downforce, drafting and drag.

It's also making the lessons available online. The effort includes an interactive play area children can visit on race days.

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