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STEM-Based Education Program

The Derby’s STEM-Based Education Program uses the tools and values of Soap Box Derby® racing to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to students in an enjoyable, engaging way.The Education Program is designed to provide K-12 educators and students with project- and standards-based, inter-curricular learning opportunities. The Derby's Education Program includes four exciting opportunities for students and educators to become engaged in an activity that's Gravity Powered and STEM Driven!


The Soap Box Derby STEM-Based Education Curriculum provides educators and learners with a choice of five exciting, Common Core aligned modules focused on developing STEM competencies such as:

  • Prototyping
  • Research
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Teamwork

The Curriculum contains activities that engage learners with:

  • Project based lessons
  • Team building
  • Inquiry based learning
  • Creative problem solving
  • FUN!


Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition

Teams of students are building Soap Box Derby cars in classrooms and after school settings and then racing against other teams in hopes of being crowned GRC Champion!

GRC Divisions:
Stock - Grades 3-5
Super Stock - Grades 5 - 8
Super Stock - Grades 9 - 12
Engineering Design Challenge - Grades 9-12

Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition races
 are being held in select cities in 2017. Teams of students assemble Soap Box Derby car kits and race them against other teams in this unique competition. 

The Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition engages students and educators in:

  • Team Building
  • Project Based Learning
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Life & Career Skills
  • Measurable Outcomes
  • Experiential Learning
  • Fun!

Content Areas Include:
Physical Science: Scientific inquiry, forces, motion, simple machines, gravity, mass, friction, speed, kinetic and potential energy, friction.

Technology: Research, critical thinking, innovation, problem solving, collaboration, communications.

Engineering: Define problem and needs, test, refine, develop solutions, communicate, evaluate, manufacturing, engineering & design emphasis.

Arts: Visual and fine arts, creating, presenting, producing, connecting.

Mathematics: Measurement, basic math, geometry, data analysis, weight, time, problem solving. 

Mini-Car Program

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The Soap Box Derby STEM-Based Education Mini Car Program is:

  • Customized
  • Inclusive
  • Experiential
  • Engaging
  • Reinforcing
  • Project Based
  • Team Building
  • Measurable
  • Fun!

Content Areas Include:
Physical Science: Scientific Inquiry, Forces & Motion, Weight & Mass, Friction, Speed, Simple Machine, Energy.

Technology: Research, Critical Thinking, Innovation, Problem Solving, Collaboration, Communication. 

Engineering: Engineering Design Process, Define Problem, Assess Needs, Develop Solutions, Design and Create a Prototype, Test, Refine, Evaluate, Communicate. 

Arts: Visual & Fine Art, Creativity & Expression, Analyzing & Interpretation, Application, Connecting, Production.

Mathematics: Measurement (standards & metric), Basic Math Concepts, Decimals, Fractions, Geometry, Graphing, Slope, Problem Solving, Time, Weight.

Soap Box Derby STEM Summer Camps

The Soap Box Derby® STEM Summer Program at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio, is designed for kids ages 9-12. This five-day program gives kids the opportunity to:

  • Construct  a Soap Box Derby car
  • Race a Soap Box car daily down Derby Downs Track
  • Make friends and be part of a racing team
  • Design, build, race, and take home a Mini Soap Box car
  • Invite family and friends to Friday's races and awards ceremony
  • Showcase your team's STEM race week achievements
  • Participate in a variety of fun, hands-on STEM projects

2019 Dates
June 3-7 or June 10-14


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