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Educators Invited to Explore NASCAR Hall of Fame Free Feb. 5

January 31, 2011

New Social Studies Lesson Plans Enhance Education Programs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Jan. 31, 2010) – Teachers are invited to explore the NASCAR Hall of Fame free of charge 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5. Educators from K-12 public, private and charter schools can learn more about the valuable programming available that delves into a range of science, math and social studies concepts to engage young minds.   

Teachers can view three new social studies lesson packets and the six science and math lesson packets launched last year. Teachers also can view artifacts and exhibits that directly relate to curriculum standards. Members of the education department will be available to answer questions and share lesson plans. Advance reservations are not required, but educators must bring a photo ID and proof of employment at an accredited K-12 educational institution to the box office to receive free admission.

“Our first educator day in November was a success, so we decided to continue the program a few times a year,” said Winston Kelley, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. “This day provides an opportunity for teachers to see firsthand how they can apply our programming to the classroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is a valuable educational venue for this community, and we are pleased to offer compelling field trips for all ages.”

Specialized lesson plans act as a starting point for teachers looking to integrate this experience into their own classrooms. Each less plan includes a pre-visit activity, on-site activity at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a post-visit activity. All lesson plans match state and national learning standards and are available at www.NASCARHall.com. The NASCAR Hall of Fame staff also offers assistance to teachers who prefer individualized curriculum.

Friends and family who accompany an educator are eligible for discounted admission from the box office on Saturday, Feb. 5. Discounted adult admission is $15.95 for adults, $9.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week. Discounted parking is available in the NASCAR Hall of Fame parking garage on Brevard Street.

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About NASCAR Hall of Fame

Located in uptown Charlotte, N.C., the 150,000-square-foot NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR. The high-tech venue, designed to educate and entertain race fans and non-fans alike, opened May 11, 2010 and includes artifacts, interactive exhibits, 278-person state-of-the-art theater, Hall of Honor, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, NASCAR Hall of Fame Gear Shop and NASCAR Media Group-operated broadcast studio. The five-acre site also includes a privately developed 19-story office tower and 102,000-square-foot expansion to the Charlotte Convention Center, highlighted by a 40,000 square-foot ballroom. The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, licensed by NASCAR and operated by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. www.NASCARHall.com