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Soap Box Derby Mini-Car Program

To further promote its mission to “educate and inspire youth,” the International Soap Box Derby® developed the Soap Box Derby Mini-Car Program. The program is designed for grades 3-6 classrooms, enrichment, after school, and summer programs. This innovative STEAM program features easily customized, all-inclusive and engaging learning activities and materials. 

Each of the following Mini Car Programs, when ordered as a package, comes complete with Mini Car kit, student activity booklet, SBD ruler, and STEM certificate. Mini Car kits, shells, and other Mini Car items may also be purchased separately.

To purchase Mini Car Programs or products please visit the Soap Box Derby online store here. 

Mini Car #34 Program (Grades 3-6)

This six-eight-hour STEM program contains five activities where students will be:    

  • Exploring and learning about the Soap Box Derby, its history, and gravity-racing
  • Learning about different tools, usage, and safety tips
  • Identifying and creating logos for their Mini Car shells
  • Constructing, testing, analyzing data, and fine-tuning their Mini Cars for a race
  • Competing in a Mini Car Race and showcasing what they’ve learned.

Mini Car #56 Program (Grades 5-6)

This sixteen-eighteen-hour STEM program contains nine activities where students will be investigating the different driving forces of Soap Box Derby Racing – forces which not only apply to the physics of racing and its outcome but also to the “impactful” force that Soap Box Derby Racing has had on young peoples’ lives throughout its history.

Engaging, investigative clues and activities will lead students in the discovery of these driving forces of Soap Box Derby Racing and factors which may impact a race’s outcome.

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.








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Decorated mini cars on display

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