The Derby’s 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.

Building Blocks for Practical Skills

Our STEM-Based Education Program is designed to provide students, educators and OST providers with project- and standards-based, intercurricular learning opportunities that are gravity powered and STEM driven!

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

GRC STEM Team Competition

Put your STEM skills to action assembling and racing Soap Box Derby cars! The Soap Box Derby’s Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition is an exciting opportunity for students in grades 3-12 to compete against other school and youth organization teams. Divisions include Stock, Super Stock, High School Super Stock, and Engineering Design Challenge. This competition is held at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

Mini Car Program

The Soap Box Derby’s Mini-Car Program provides students in classrooms, enrichment, after school, and summer programs with activity workbooks that teach about derby cars and racing – then puts this knowledge to the test building and racing their own Mini-Car! Our workbook and kit provide about 12 hours of customized, all-inclusive, and engaging learning activities and materials.

STEM Summer Camps

Give your camper a summer to remember and register now for the Akron Ohio Soap Box Derby STEM Summer Program! Not only do youth ages 8-13 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! STEM Summer Camp programs are held at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

Find Helpful Resources

Soap Box Derby provides step-by-step video directions for building a Stock and Super Stock car, info about ways to get your GRC team sponsored, and other important educational resources for racers, teachers and coaches.

Have Questions Before Getting Started?

We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the Soap Box Derby’s Education Program and get you one step closer to expanding STEM learning opportunities for your young learners.