Soap Box Derby 2015

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Saturday, August 29, 2015
Derby begins at noon


Join us for the 8th annual Open Source Soap Box Derby!

Experience the thrill of witnessing our participants from the summer Soap Box Workshop race their fun, funky, eco-friendly contraptions down 17th Street in Brooklyn.

Since 2008, our Soap Box Derby has been a staple of the neighborhood. Each year, the Soap Box Workshop encouraging children to think outside the box. Children plan their inventions using sketches and calculations, bringing them to life with found and recycled objects as well as building materials. Over the course of the workshop, participants turn piles of seemingly useless trash into functional machines while learning about construction and design and, more importantly, having fun. Leading up to the derby, kids test drive their racers, ensuring the safety and functionality of each invention. At the Soap Box Derby, participants get to race their soap box cars for real as friends, families, and neighbors cheer them on as they race down the street.

This year’s judges panel will include Oriana Leckert (Brooklyn Spaces), Peira Moinester (Brooklyn Music Factory), and Bill Oberkehr (Solarize Brooklyn CB6)

The Soap Box Derby has received rave reviews over the past 5 years from publications such as the New York Times, Brooklyn Paper, New York Daily News, DNAinfo and many more!


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