CHARLOTTE, N.C. — More than a thousand students from elementary to college took a field trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The racetrack hosted a giant STEM Expo to show kids science and math is fun. 

"The more they know earlier, the more they can sort of explore and catch on to something they may like to do," Sarah Long, a 7th-grade math teacher told NBC Charlotte.

Her students got to drive robots, play video games, and watch a car get set on fire.

"Whether it's related to the Speedway and the NASCAR environment, or something totally different, there are a lot of things that the kids just don't think about. What they do think about is, 'I don't want to sit and work on math with a paper and a pencil,' but there is so much more out there that they just need to be exposed to," Long added.

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