National STEM League: Racing Series

National STEM League: Racing Series



Curriculum Info

This page is dedicated only to the National STEM League: Racing Series.  It discusses only how students collaborate and compete with one another.  The Student Racing Challenge curriculum page provides details on the curriculum that can be implemented in formal classrooms, clubs and camps.

Ultimate Goal

The Student Racing Challenge is the flagship series in the National STEM League (NSL). Through it, students own a motorsports business.  The ultimate goal is to engineer performance: personal performance, team performance and of course, race performance.  Teams with the fastest, most stable and efficient car that also have a sound fuel strategy will win races.  Race points are however only one-third of a team’s total.  Like professional race teams, Student Racing Challenge teams must also have a strong R&D focus (Data-Driven Design and MODS), marketing strategy and work toward becoming leaders in their communities.

2018-19 Competition & Categories

Racing teams compete online in an annual points race and face-to-face at Open Invitationals across the country. Points leaders and Invitational winners are invited to the NSL Finals. See the Calendar of Event page for dates and location.

  • Head-to-Head Races on road & oval courses
  • MODS! Modify the stock car for …
    • Autonomous driving (robotics!) OR
    • Drag racing
  • Data-Driven Design Project
  • Enterprise
    • Pitches and Presentations
    • Business Modeling
    • Project Planning
    • Marketing & Public Relations
    • Graphic Design
  • Community Leadership

Competition Flyer

Download the NSL RACING Series Flyer

Wall Post Overview

Download “Wall Posts” … that hang on the wall.

army logoThanks to the U.S. Army for its support of youth and education through the National STEM League.


The base technology for Student Racing Challenge teams is a 1:10 scale electric radio-controlled (RC) car that can be setup in over 4 million ways before re-engineering a single part.

The car can be completely modified using whatever tools are available to you.  Redesign parts using SolidWorks 3-D CAD (or other CAD programs) and fabricate them using 3-D Printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, etc.

SolidWorks is available for free to all students involved with a Student Racing Challenge team.


To compete in the Student Racing Challenge series, a base or turnkey Student Racing Challenge kit is required in year 1.  Materials are non-consumable so you can reuse them year after year, with just small repairs and replacements required from time to time.  For continued access to the ‘competition website’ and events, annual registration is required.