NASCAR Hall of Fame staff member Eliza Russell spent part of Oct. 5 talking with sixth and eighth grade STEM classes at Polk County Middle School.

Rusell told students about the history of NASCAR, events and attractions at the Hall of Fame and then discussed in detail the science behind racing on the NASCAR circuit.

The event served to culminate each group’s study of speed. To mark that milestone, Russell had each group build a race car.

The eighth grade students built a battery-powered car and the sixth graders built a rubber-band powered car following the engineering design process.

Eliza Russell of the NASCAR Hall of Fame works with Polk County Middle School students Julian McKoy and Kylie Lewis