GRAVITY RACING CHALLENGE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM Where STEM Learning Meets Derby Track It's been called, "The Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World". "The World’s Gravity Grand Prix” But to most of the more than a million youngsters from around the globe who have built and raced their cars, it‘s just the "Soap Box Derby." Soap Box Derby Jeopardy 1. 2. 3. In what year and where was the first Soap Box Derby Race held? How many kids raced in the first race and how many spectators came? In what year did the first girl race? To further the International Soap Box Derby’s mission is to educate and inspire all youth through fair and honest gravity racing competition and mentorship…. The Gravity Racing Challenge was developed to promote the STEM Initiative in K-12 education worldwide. Today GRC resources and materials are being used by K-12 educators and students in 13 states and worldwide in classrooms, summer, and after school programs in: Singapore Japan New Zealand Ohio California New York Canada Virginia North Carolina Maryland Florida Oregon The Gravity Racing Challenge provides After School Programs different student resources & learning opportunities in two distinct areas…. First the Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competitions which is hosted each May at Derby Track in Akron, Ohio. First held in 2010, the Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition continues to experience tremendous growth… 2010 - First school team Soap Box Derby race at Derby Downs 2 teams from the National Inventors Hall of Fame 2011 - First Gravity Racing Challenge School Team Competition 9 teams from Akron area (6 schools) 2012 - 65 teams from Ohio (450 students & educators from 30 schools) - Additional GRC Team STEM Competitions offered included photography, infomercial, press release 2013 - 90 teams from Ohio; (over 700 students & educators from 42 schools) Each team has 2 coaches, 3-10 team members (driver, alternate driver, pit crew, and media specialists) who: • Construct a soap box car from a kit • Create a design for their Team t-shirts and banner • Decide which optional STEM Competitions to do: Photography Infomercial Press Release Poster Mini Soap Box Derby Car Competition During this GRC Competition in May, Teams have the opportunity to parade down Derby Track…. Compete against Teams from across Ohio and surrounding states. Participate in interactive STEM booths University of Akron Making Silly Putty Honda Booth Racing Lego Cars Corsair Flying Association Learning to Pilot a Plane With this program, students use a fun, engaging Project Activity Booklets which guides them through… Mini Soap Box Car Construction Mini Soap Box Car Construction How to Use Measuring Tools and the Mini Car Construction Kits How to run the Race using a Mini Soap Box Derby Track! Educators’ feedback to Gravity Racing Challenge Programs & Resources: Standards Aligned Engaging Inclusive Across the Curriculum Experiential Team Building Develops Life & Career Skills Meaningful & Fun Soap Box Derby Car Construction Information: Visit: www.aasbd.org Click on You Tube. Click on Car Build Videos 1, 2, and 3 To learn more about the Gravity Racing Challenge, visit our website at: www.aasbd.org and click on Education. The team experience in the Soap Box Derby is like none I have ever experienced before. Soap box derby requires strong collaboration and team values. Teamwork is vital to building a successful car because almost everything requires a partner or a group. The ingenuity of designing the car and the problem solving skills required to troubleshoot are all key skills we will use in life regardless of the career paths we choose in the future. By: Kartik Sastry Westlake H.S. Or contact Linda Hubbell, Education Program Director, International Soap Box Derby at: Email: [email protected] Phone: 740-817-0345 5th Annual Gravity Racing Challenge Team Competition in Akron, Ohio will be held on May 17, 2014. Team Registration is currently open and is limited.