STEM Campers learn how to drive racecars virtually

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MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) A group of students have been racing at Martinsville Speedway this week, but not in real race cars.

The Steer Into STEM Camp is put on by the Wendell Scott Foundation.

It's a week long camp that allows kids to learn more about the racecar industry, and simulation industry, but also any career that incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

"Nursing, engineering, NASA, aeronautics, simulation. These camps are great to open up children's minds to the possibilities and careers that they never could imagine," says Chinique Scott of the Wendell Scott Foundation.

Several of the kids say they joined the camp but didn't know what to expect, and now they aren't only having fun, but also learning something new.

"I thought you could just hop in any car and just race, but it turns out there's a whole lot more complexity than it really shows," says one camper Zach Clark.

They've gone on several field trips this week.On Thursday, participants were able to hear from Wendell Scott Jr., who talked about his life experiences.

For some the real fun has come through the simulators.

"It's cool because you have your headphones and you're allowed to hear the sound and how it would sound if you were racing," says camper Talasjah Weathersby.

They encourage their peers to take advantage of camps like these, because you could surprise yourself.

"Just come out, have a good time and learn. Even if you're not in school, still come out and learn," says camper Jarrett Pearson.

This is the third year the Wendell Scott Foundation has held this camp.
Organizers say they hope to continue the program for many years to come.