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The Science of Racing

The 8th grade Tech Ed and STREAM students, joined by a group of Engineering students from the High School, had an awesome trip to U.S. 131 Motorsports Park Friday, September 6th. Students were lead through six stations to learn about careers surrounding Motorsports. they could interact with the drivers and team and participate in hands-on activities to learn about drag racing. The students also had an opportunity to see the Larson Motorsports Jet Dragster blast down the dragstrip at well over 200 MPH in just over 3 seconds.

This event was co-sponsored by the US 131 Motorsports Park and Blazing Trails, a STEAM Outreach Program owned and operated by Chris and Elaine Larsen of Larsen Motorsports, a professional drag racing team.

The program is focused on introducing and engaging students in careers around the sports and to understand all of the science, math and art it takes to make a dragster go down the track. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math.

The careers include:

  • Engineering (mechanical, aerospace, chemical, electrical, civil, and biomedical)
  • Human (health and nutritionist) and nature (meteorologist) factors
  • Business and Marketing ( graphic design, video production, journalism, accountant)
  • Fabrication (welders, composites, propulsion)
  • Race Car Driver
  • Safety Science
  • Data Acquisition
  • Technology/Computer Science (computers, diesel mechanics)

The event was associated with the Funny Car Nationals taking place at the US 131 Motorsports Park that evening and each participant received a free pass for the event. 

Check out more photos from the event on the AAESA Facebook Album