National STEM League &
Curriculum for Class, Camps & Clubs
The Ten80 Student Racing Challenge: NASCAR STEM Initiative is the 'practice league' through
which future engineers, scientists, marketing and creative
professionals actively embrace their present and prepare for their futures.
Students optimize performance of 1:10 scale radio-controlled (RC) cars, paralleling
the activity in NASCAR garages across the country. Why
motorsports? Because it is the only sport won or lost in real time
by applying STEM
and is a very diverse industry that employs people with a broad
range of interests and skills.
It is also a supplemental STEM curriculum
for grades 6-12 for implementation in:
camps & after-school clubs
• Career-Tech, STEM &
• Physics & Math classrooms
• Enterprise, Marketing
& Graphic Design
• Homes & Home school
The program was initiated in a late 1990's NSF grant in which the investigators were tasked with integrating differentiated
and problem / project-based learning into the classroom.
It was cutting-edge at the time and the RC car was the stand-out tool because it can reach struggling students and high achievers alike.
Today's Ten80 Student Racing Challenge: NASCAR STEM Initiative is the product of over 10 years of curriculum, network and resource
development by STEM and motorsports professionals, teachers, community
leaders and of course...enthusiastic students.