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Teachers Learn How to Incorporate Motorsports With STEM Programs

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DOVER, Del. - When many people think of NASCAR, they don't often associate math or science with the sport.

Educators, like Jomelle Bowman of Dover, are doing just that.

"Kids like to do hands on stuff. They don't like to sit and hear teachers lecture them. This is a cool way to get them up and moving around doing science," said Bowen.
 
Bowen has been a science teacher at Central Middle School in Dover for 15 years. She and at least 50 other educators are taking part in a two-day development program at Dover Downs called Driving Science. It's designed to strengthen STEM disciplines, while encouraging careers in motorsports. Stem is short for science, technology, engineering and math.
 
"I hear a lot of kids say, 'What do I need science for? What do I need math for?' This kind of stuff is cool so that we can show them this is why you need math and science," said Bowen.

Driving science is one of the programs that Dot Moss directs.
 
"Teachers need these experiences before they can give them to their students. It's great for them to have this opportunity to work through some engineering designs, solve some math problems, try some science experiments," said Moss, academic program director at Clemson University.

Teachers completed one experiment where they had to keep an egg from cracking open while nestled into a small car traveling down a makeshift ramp.

It's something Bowen said she can take back to her students to encourage them to learn more about science.

"I just hope that I can make kids have a passion for math and science like I do," she said.
     
The driving science program was introduced two years ago at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

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