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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Charlotte Speedway STEM Field Trip May 9, 2018

Hosted by Sarah Meri

Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, North Carolina 28027

This event is created under Moore Homeschoolers but due to the high cost and minimum number of participants being 45 I created this public event page to allow others to share it.

Wednesday, May 9th
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Geared to 5th-7th graders

Min:45 people
Max:120 people

The cost is $20 dollars per student, there is no cost for teachers or chaperones, up to a total of 10 adults (the cost is $10.00 per adult, after the 10 free). Free adult tickets will go in order of first 10 PAID RSVPs. ***1 Free Adult Passes Left***Reservation isn’t confirmed until payment is received.

Pay Pal the fee via ”send money to family and friends” to
Please specify your FB name, and what you are sending $ for in the notes. If you are not part of Moore Homeschoolers FB page please specify that as well. Please message me as well if you are not part of our group :) Sarah Meri

Payment due by April 15th! If there are not enough participants by April 15th everyone will be refunded by midnight on the 15th :) There will be no refunds after April 15th. You may sell your spot or gift it to another.

The STEM Field Trip will last approximately 2.5 hours. The students will rotate through 5 stations – each activity will take 25 minutes and we’ve allowed 5 minutes to rotate to the next station. It is geared for 5-7th grades


Track Tour
The students will take a guided tour and will see the banking of the track and other engineering/design features of the 1.5 mile speedway. Students will determine the speed of the van based on the time it took to go around the track.

The materials for this station are: three block cars made with a different material on the bottom (indoor carpet, Formica, rubber conveyor belting); adjustable ramps with the same surface as the cars; spring scale; spray water bottle.

The objective is to determine the inclination, angle and rise to run, at which each combination of tire surface (bottom of the car) and road surface initiates sliding. In addition, the conveyor belting surface can be misted with the water bottle to illustrate why race cars with slicks don’t race in the rain.

The materials for this station are: 2 adjustable ramps; die cast cars; tape measures; stop watches. The purpose of this station is to explore the velocity of a car moving down a slope as the angle increases. The speed of the car is to be determined as it rolls down the ramp at varying angles.

This station uses a US Legends Car; scales; jack. With the car placed on scales, the students will learn that the weight of each wheel refers to the fraction of the total weight carried by each wheel. They will also learn about “cross weight” and what how the fraction of weight changes per tire when the wedge bolt or jack bolt is adjusted.

Radio Controlled Cars (RC Cars)
This station uses an RC car; bumpers; stop watches; 1 extra set of tires. The students will race the car from a pre-determined Point A to Point B and then back to Point A; change all 4 tires (this extra set of tires will be of a different texture); race the car down the same path. Students will time each race and make determinations based on each tire texture.

During each exercise, the students will record the data, and then make a prediction based on that data. This curriculum is based on a 5th- 7th grade level.

Lunch is not included but students may pack a lunch and eat after the rotations are finished in their outside pavilion.

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