LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students at Olmsted Academy North combined learning and racing on Wednesday.

Students built soap box cars from scratch and put them to the test in races.

While building the cars, the students learned about measurements, teamwork, acceleration and angles.

They even added in some social studies by naming their cars after countries which they had learned about.

Teachers say adding hands-on learning is one of the best ways to educate students.

"You have these students who aren't just reading about this going on, they're actually getting to do it. They've learned how to work with fractions and measure those mathematic standards," said Alyssa Riedy, a 6th grade teacher at Olmsted Academy North.

The cars raced two at a time in a tournament set-up.

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