STEM MANIA/R2R 2015 THE FORCE OF DRAG With NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson and NASA’s Jill

Virtual Student Event connects schools across the country with NASA’s Rockets 2 Racecars and STEM MANIA programs On April 15, 2015 up to six schools will learn the force of drag and how it is avoided in motorsports yet critical in landing rovers on Mars. Students will be able to interact live with NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson to learn about aerodynamics through racing. This opportunity is thanks to a collaboration with Langley’s Office of Education Rockets 2 Racecars STEM Education program where we correlate the science of racing with aerospace. NASA engineer Jill Prince will present how drag was used in Entry, Descent and Landing of various rovers on Mars. This live event will take place through Google Hangouts on Wednesday, April 15th starting at noon and is a culminating event of Langley’s Office of Education educator professional development program “NASA STEM MANIA: STEM in Sports”. Educators that participated in at least 5 hours of professional development during NASA STEM MANIA are eligible to connect their students from their entire school to this live event. This event is a combination of two Langley Office of Education signature programs: Rockets 2 Racecars STEM Education and NASA STEM MANIA educator professional development.

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