National Science Foundation and NASCAR Announce "The Science of Speed"
Online video series uses popular motor sport to teach science and engineering
On April 3, the National Science Foundation, NASCAR and the University of Texas at Dallas announce the availability of a new online series of videos called "The Science of Speed," which aims to improve engagement in science among students in grades 8-12. The 12-part video series borrows illustrations from the wildly popular motor sport to explain scientific principles essential to NASCAR racing, such as friction, heat, drag and drafting. Video segments feature drivers, crew chiefs and engineers from numerous NASCAR garages including Brian Vickers, driver of the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota; Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet; and Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion.
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