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STEM Day: Race Car 101

August 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

In collaboration with Ken Hallis from the Math First Organization, we will be exploring the world of racing through interactive activities! Museum visitors will have the opportunity to check out some cool race cars, learn about the role the pit crew plays in racing and use mathematical equations to figure out how tires and other factors affect the performance of race cars. The program will take place throughout the day and is complimentary with Museum admission.

Four Demonstration topics

  1. Radio Communications
  2. Pick-A-Part Activity
  3. Tire Technology and Track Geometry
  4. Pit Crew Fuel Consumption Exercise

Each participant will receive a Math First Calendar and if they stay for ALL FOUR of the demonstration topics they will receive a TEAM Race t-shirt.

Radio Communications

Participants will each get a radio and head-set to communicate information to the driver through radio transmission. We will discuss the information that is useful to the driver.

Pick-A-Part Activity

Participants have an opportunity to learn about the different parts of the race car and what they do. An answer sheet is used to work together as a team to figure out what the parts are.

Tire Technology and Track Geometry

The participants learn about sizing of tires and what roles tire pressure has on tires. All participants will measure the circumference of real race car tires just like the pit crews. Also we will discuss the mathematics in race track geometry, how the tires work through the corners of a track  and the importance of these elements on racing.

Pit Crew Fuel Consumption Exercise

This is a real life pit crew demonstration of track fuel consumption and how it affects the outcome of a race.


August 8, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


America’s Car Museum


Education Department