(WVVA) - The virtual green flag has been waving at NASCAR during the entire COVID-19 pandemic. The real green flag waves again this Sunday at Darlington. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR and Scholastic have been teaming up to promote their STEM program. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.
STEM programs are continuing to gain popularity across the county, but NASCAR has always had an important connection, according to Senior Director of Fan Development and Marketing for NASCAR Edwin Gotay.
"Our sport wouldn't exist essentially if it was not for STEM. We partnered with Scholastic to create a racing inspired curriculum for kids between the ages of 8-12, 5th and 7th grade, with the idea that we might provide teachers with a great resource to educate the kids on STEM."Edwin Gotay, Senior Director of Fan Development and Marketing for NASCAR
The program could help interest kids in the engineering field. Even those who are not interested in NASCAR still can get an amazing learning experience and might even change their minds about the sport.
The program teaches them about aerodynamics and the impacts of downforce, drag, and draft. Gotay said it is "just plain fun".
There is even an option for kids to design their own race car and test it on the track. They will get to see whether the design they created made their car faster or slower.
This program is free, and if you would like to get your kids involved, click here. Have fun and enjoy the ride.