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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!

STEM Team Competition Races

Fun meets educational with our Gravity Racing Challenge.

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Mini-Car Program

Focused activities designed for grades 3-5.

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Summer Camps

5-day summer camp programs for kids ages 9-12.

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What Is STEM Education and Why Is It Important?

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.

STEM education not only provides young learners with hands-on opportunities to build skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, it also provides the building blocks for practical skills that will help them in many facets of life. These skills include: 

  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Ingenuity
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Resilience
  • Leadership
  • & many more!

 Stem Team Challenges

The Soap Box Derby’s Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition is designed to give teams of students in grades 3-12 the opportunity to assemble and race Soap Box Derby cars! Divisions include Stock - Grades 3-5, Super Stock - Grades 5-8, Super Stock - Grades 9-12, and Engineering Design Challenge - Grades 9-12.  Learn more and register

Mini-Car Program

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Another great STEM learning opportunity, the Soap Box Derby’s Mini-Car Program provides kids in grades 3-5 with an activity workbook that enables them to learn about derby cars and racing. Then they get to put their knowledge to use to build and race their very own Mini-Car! With six fun activities, our workbook and kit provide about 12 hours of learning!  Learn more and purchase.

 

Soap Box Derby STEM Summer Camps

Give your camper a summer to remember and register now for the Soap Box Derby® STEM Summer Program! Not only do kids ages 9-12 get to have a great time with their peers, they also get to participate in hands-on STEM projects. From building and racing a Soap Box Derby car to being a part of an awards ceremony, this 5-day program is packed full of fun!  Learn more and register your camper.

 

At-Home Stem Activities

In addition to classroom uses, our Mini-Car Program is a great resource for parents and kids in grades 3-5 for at-home STEM learning. Plus, our digiRacer car kit is another great at-home STEM activity! For kids ranging from 3rd to 12th grade, this kit is designed to provide multiple challenges that build engineering skills.

 

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