NASCAR Welcomes Nearly 600 Chicago Public Schools Students to The Field Museum for Second Annual STEAM Fest

NASCAR IMPACT, the Chicago Street Race, and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) hosted more than 550 students at the second annual STEAM Fest at the Field Museum in downtown Chicago. NASCAR drivers, industry experts, and NASCAR representatives joined students from 46 STEM and STEAM Chicago Public Schools to assist with the second annual design-challenge. The winning teams from each grade group were recognized during an awards ceremony and presented with complimentary tickets for the 2024 Chicago Street Race in Grant Park, July 6-7.

“The goal of STEAM Fest is to engage and inspire students from across Chicago by introducing them to the excitement and career opportunities that the world of motorsports can provide,” said Julie Giese, Chicago Street Race President. “STEAM Fest has come to represent the pinnacle of our ongoing partnership with Chicago Public Schools, so we’re thrilled to welcome these brilliant students back for the second year here at the Field Museum.”

Following a two-month, in-school design competition, finalists from each grade level were invited to the Field Museum to participate in a championship round with help from NASCAR drivers Connor Mosack of Spire Motorsports and JR Motorsports and Lavar Scott of Rev Racing, as well as industry professionals Alba Colon, Director of Competition Systems with Hendrick Motorsports, and Chris Justice, IT Specialist with Stewart-Haas Racing.

“These interactive experiences allow our students to apply their everyday lessons to the real world, and the exposure to professionals in STEM and STEAM fields opens their eyes to the incredible opportunities that exist in these disciplines,” said CPS CEO Pedro Martinez. “Our partnership with NASCAR has allowed us to create a dynamic, competitive environment that keeps our students engaged. We look forward to applying the eighth-grade curriculum we’ve developed with NASCAR in the coming year, continuing our efforts to bring the real world into the classroom.”

Students participating in this event were selected based on the results of hundreds of school-based engineering contests and were supported by NASCAR drivers, industry experts, CPS staff, and volunteers. Students worked together to build the fastest car on four terrains, with the winning teams from each grade group (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) receiving complimentary tickets to this summer’s NASCAR Chicago Street Race.

“NASCAR IMPACT is all about leveraging our platform and our sport to help empower our racing communities in a material and meaningful way,” said Pete Stuart, Managing Director, Impact Strategy & Development. “We are incredibly proud of our ongoing partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Field Museum, and look forward to continuing our work in the Chicago community in 2024 and beyond.”

This year, NASCAR is offering Youth General Admission Pricing for the 2024 Chicago Street Race Weekend. Children 12 and under are free on Saturday, July 6, and Youth GA tickets for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race are $45.