About 25 Charlotte middle school students got a hands-on lesson in engineering – NASCAR style – when they visited the headquarters of racing giant Hendrick Motorsports on Tuesday.
The students, from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, were guests of the racing operation as part of Time Warner Cable’s STEM in Sports campaign, designed to increase interest by young people in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. NFL player Victor Cruz, professional golfer Ian Poulter and NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon are teaming with Time Warner in promoting the program.
The students’ visit to Hendrick Motorsports started with a lesson from NASCAR crew chief Kenny Francis, which included a chance for students to ask questions about the science and math of racing.
Then came a half-hour meeting with Kahne, a Sprint Cup driver with the Hendrick team.
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Students also were treated to lunch and got a tour of the Hendrick racing operation before returning to school.