Every year in the end of August you can 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. Our 10th annual Derby is set for August 26th 2017!!! Click here for information about our Summer Soap Box Workshop 2017.
Since 2008, our Derby has been a staple of the neighborhood. Each year, the Soap Box Workshop encourages 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 race, kids test drive their gravity racers, ensuring the safety and functionality of each invention. At the Derby participants get to race their cars for real as friends, families, and neighbors cheer them on as they race down the street.