Students own a sports team and their ultimate goal is to engineer performance. This includes personal performance, team performance and of course, race performance. The base technology for Student Racing Challenge teams is a 1:10 scale electric radio-controlled (RC) car that can be setup in over 4 million ways before re-engineering a single part.
Curriculum can be implemented as a 6-10 week unit or a core, 1-2 semester course for STEM Endorsement or Engineering Pathway credits. See the curriculum overview below for more information or contact us for a full standards alignment table.
Aligned to the Common Core, NGSS and Engineering Pathway requirements.
Certify then Specialize. In STEM-1A, a half-year Intro to Engineering course, students are certified in three key aspects of race engineering: Problem Solving, Driving through Data and Mechanical Systems. In STEM-1B, students Specialize into projects and roles that interest them personally and that contribute to the team’s performance. The original “Racing Challenge” vehicle comes ready-to-run so the first weeks of engagement are spent learning how systems operate and how to organize data rather than following ‘build’ directions. After being ‘certified’ in mechanical systems, data and problem solving students rebuild the car with improved parts. That is real reverse engineering!
Once students master the fundamentals of problem solving, data and mechanical systems, they specialize into areas of personal interest (see Modular Design section). The industry of motorsports is extremely diverse so there is something for everyone.
Want flexibility? The Student Racing Challenge curriculum is modular. During first-use training, you’ll arrange these self-contained modules into a program that works for your unique set of goals, population and resources.
The Student Racing Challenge is the flagship series in the National STEM League (NSL). Racing teams compete online in an annual points race and face-to-face at Open Invitationals across the country. Points leaders and Invitational winners are invited to the NSL Finals. Click here for more information.