August 24, 2019
17th St. in South Slope
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.
All kids ages 7-15 who made a gravity controlled car out of recycled materials can register for free at 11am. Ages 16-100 can also participate for free, but will not be entered in the competitive race.
Photo by Miho Suzuki