Soap Box Workshops and Derby 2014

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Photo by Miho Suzuki

Derby: September 6th
(every car built out of found material can be part of the race!)

All drivers have to arrive at noon.
The race starts at 1pm
Kids ages 7-15: 1pm
Adults: 2pm

July 28th – August 1st ($430 age: 7-12 years)
August 4th – 8th ($430 | age: 7-12 years)
August 11th – 15th ($430 | age: 7-12 years)
August 18th – 22nd ($430 | age: 7-12 years)
August 25th – 29th ($430 | age: above 10 years)
September 2nd – 5th (4 days – $350 | age: above 12 years)

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In Open Source Gallery’s Soup Box Workshop, children aged 7 to 15 learn to construct functional, eco-friendly soap box racers out of recycled materials. Under the strict supervision of our watchful counselors, campers are introduced to a variety of tools, from the basic nails, hammers, and hand saws to drills, screws and power sanders. We will be encouraging the campers to plan their design on paper with sketches, notes, and calculations and to think out of the box! Time will be spent outside collecting found objects and additional building materials, and the cars will be tested at each stage of their construction in front of the gallery and in the playground down the block. During the lunch hour the kids will be brought down to the playground to eat and have free play, or time can be spent with kids continuing work on their cars depending on their progress.

The workshop has received rave reviews over the past 5 years from publications such as Brooklyn Independent Television, Daily News (a 2-page spread!), Popular Mechanics, Park Slope Courier, and Brooklyn Paper, to name a few.

The culmination of the workshop is the annual soap box derby on 17th street .
17th Street between 5th and 6th Ave, South Slope
All participants, families, and friends are invited to come to the derby, and everybody is welcome to participate!


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