FirstEnergyAll-American Soap Box Derby Countdown


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 Thank You Thursday - Welty Family Foundation 04.20.2017 The Welty Family Foundation was established in 1999 by Jerry and Emily Welty to benefit charitable causes in the communities where they live. Areas of interest include arts and culture; civic and community; education; environment; health care; housing, human and social services; medical research; and youth. Read More Thank You Thursday - J.W. Didado Electric 04.13.2017 Since 1936 gravity has been the sole supplier of power to propel Soap Box Derby cars down the world famous Derby Downs track. Today that is still the case. However, in 2016 electric power was added trackside to help power the many events that take place at the track throughout the year. Read More Thank You Thursday - Northern Ohio Golf Charities & Foundation 04.06.2017 Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation is part of a volunteer organization that has sponsored professional golf tournaments at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio for more than 60 years. Tournaments have provided over $25 million to local charities seeking to improve the quality of life in northeast Ohio. Organizations that have benefitted from the proceeds of tournaments include Akron Children's Hospital, the American Red Cross, Golden Age Centers of Cleveland, the Regional Food Banks of both Akron-Canton and Cleveland, Metroparks, the Akron Art Museum and the International Soap Box Derby. Read More NEW! California State Championship 04.05.2017 The Soap Box Derby California State Championship Race took place over the weekend and was a great success! Not only were the Stock and Super Stock Championship races held, but a major commercial was filmed during the event at the Livermore, CA track. Nintendo was on site all day to film their commercial promoting the release of their newest game: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. All of the racers and their families were very excited to be a part of such a unique experience. Read More