Sonoma Raceway STEM
Welcome teachers, parents/guardians, and STEM enthusiasts! This page is designed to accompany the STEM Car Challenge hosted by Sonoma Raceway, Kid Scoop News, and Friedman's Home Improvement. Over 20 schools and clubs in the Sonoma Valley are working hard to build the fastest possible gravity-powered car in their classroom. Students will use recycled materials to build a gravity powered car, in hopes that it will cross the finish line first.
Preliminary rounds will take place at your child's school. Each school will send their top two cars and their 'Most Creative' car to the final round to be held at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, June 22nd prior to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race. However, if your child is not on the first place team, they are still invited to join our NASCAR festivities and cheer on their school as they take on other North Bay schools in the final round of competition. The winner of the final race will receive the opportunity to be a VIP at the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race- the opportunity of a lifetime!
For more information on the STEM program, e-mail:
No. Your child will build the cars in their classroom and race them against their class members. The two fastest cars from each classroom with advance to the final round of racing at Sonoma Raceway, held during NASCAR weekend (transportation is not provided by Sonoma Raceway). Your family is invited for some racing fun!
Yes! All participants will receive 2 adult tickets (kids 12 and under are free) for Saturday, June 22nd. Please come and cheer on your classmates! Participants also receive $10 off adult tickets for Sunday, June 23rd (kids 12 and under are just $10).
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Welcome from Sonoma Raceway, Friedman’s, Kid Scoop News
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. NASCAR Garage Tour
10:40 a.m. STEM Car Challenge Qualifying Rounds
STEM Car Challenge Final Rounds
11:15 a.m. Closing Remarks
No. We require all the building and creativity to take place in the classroom.
Definitely bring your STEM car! It is usually a warm day so bring a hat, some sunscreen, and plenty of water.