NASCAR and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have teamed up to provide engaging and relevant content and activities for teaching science and STEM. The NASCAR Kids program is designed to help youth learn about the world of NASCAR through unique science, technology, and innovation-inspired content. NASCAR-themed lessons, a Track Guide, videos, and other resources are available free of charge to educators nationwide. They can tap lessons for elementary and middle school students such as “How Do Things Make Sound?” (K–2) “Why Do NASCAR Drivers Need to React Fast?” (3–5), and “How Do Roof Flaps Make a Racecar Safer?” (6–8). Students can explore the science behind drafting, drag, and aerodynamics through videos, and they can design and drive their own racecar while learning about aerodynamics and engineering in a one-of-a-kind simulation. The STEM at the Track resource guide for K–12 teachers features engaging science lessons and activities to do at the racetrack.
With millions of dollars of ESSER funding (as well as other federal, state, and local grants) still available, the smartest edtech investments are the ones that meet the following criteria:
1. Are research-backed and deliver evidence-based solutions.
2. Provide flexible, ongoing professional development.
3. Offer hours of curriculum to support any subject.
Let’s dive deeper into each of these points to prove the case for bringing coding and robotics into young learners’ hands to support development of computational thinking and invaluable science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) skills.
Each month we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in August.