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Thank You Thursday - Keep Akron Beautiful 05.25.2017 Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1981 to implement a comprehensive litter prevention recycling promotion and beautification program for the City of Akron. One of the annual beautification sites is the world famous Derby Downs track. Read More International Soap Box Derby Names Mark Gerberich as President and CEO 05.24.2017 Mark W. Gerberich has been named president and chief executive officer of International Soap Box Derby, Inc., the organization that manages the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, the Soap Box Derby STEM-based education program and special events at Akron’s Derby Downs.

He succeeds Joe Mazur, who resigned in March to become president of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
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Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame Will Induct Two New Members During Race Week In July 05.23.2017 Two new members will be inducted into the Soap Box Derby Hall of Fame during the post-race awards ceremony for the 80th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby on the evening of Saturday, July 22. Read More RECORD NUMBER OF SCHOOLS AND CLUBS COMPETED IN THE SOAP BOX DERBY’S GRAVITY RACING CHALLENGE STEM TEAM COMPETITION PRESENTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING 05.22.2017 More than 180 teams from three states competed in the Soap Box Derby’s Gravity Racing Challenge™ (GRC) STEM Team Competition presented by The University of Akron College of Engineering. On May 18th and 20th teams competed in the Stock, Super Stock, High School Engineering Design Challenge divisions plus The University of Akron College of Engineering Collegiate team. The race is presented by The University of Akron College of Engineering.

Teams of up to 10 students and educators built and fine-tuned their Soap Box Derby cars over the past several months. In addition, they worked on optional contests that included mini Soap Box Derby car race and design.

Five area high school teams competed in the Engineering Design Challenge division. Teams were provided kits that included the floorboard, axles, wheels, steering and braking systems. They were also given a list of materials they can use in the design and construction of the body. Some are building their car to be the fastest and others want their car to look the best, and be unique in a non-traditional Derby form.
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Thank You Thursday - The University of Akron College of Engineering 05.18.2017 In 2015 faculty in the College of Engineering and The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education at The University of Akron (UA) were awarded a $742,356 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to partner with the International Soap Box Derby and Akron Public Schools (APS) to formally design, integrate and evaluate the impact of curriculum around the Soap Box Derby Mini-Cars that includes the use of computer-aided design (CAD) software, virtual and physical wind tunnel testing and 3D printers. Read More Thank You Thursday - Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau 05.11.2017 Established in 1973 to promote Akron/Summit County as an ideal destination for business and leisure travel, the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau (ASCVB) is the clearinghouse for area travel and tourism information. As our community’s destination marketing organization, the ASCVB proudly advocates the positive impact the hospitality industry has on the local economy and our quality of life. Read More Record Number of Schools and Clubs Set to Compete in the Soap Box Derby's Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition presented by The University of Akron College of Engineering 05.11.2017 More than 180 teams from three states are set to compete in the Soap Box Derby’s Gravity Racing Challenge© (GRC) STEM Team Competition presented by The University of Akron College of Engineering. On May 18th and 20th teams will compete in the traditional Stock and Super Stock divisions, along with the High School Engineering Design Challenge Division. The race is presented by The University of Akron College of Engineering. Read More Thank You Thursday - United Way of Summit County 05.04.2017 United Way of Summit County envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives. United Way also improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of the Summit County community to advance the common good. Read More Thank You Thursday - Fallsway Equipment Company 04.27.2017 Over the past four years Akron-based Fallsway Equipment Company has partnered with the International Soap Box Derby on a number of programs. In 2014 they were the presenting sponsor of Grandparents Day at Derby Downs along with the City of Akron. In 2016 they became the presenting sponsor of the United Way Corporate Derby Challenge which benefits the Soap Box Derby's Bill Speeg Memorial scholarship fund and supports at-risk youth in Summit County through the Derby’s STEM-based Education Program. Read More Derby Spotlight- Trey Knepper 04.24.2017 Trey Knepper has been involved with the Soap Box Derby since 2003 when he began his racing career in the Stock Division. Even as a kid, he enjoyed relating math and science to real-world situations and activities, this is where Derby racing came into play. He would take information from his physics classes, such as kinematic equations, and think about them in relation to his experiences as a Soap Box Derby racer. Read More