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Mini and Full-Size Soap Box Derby Cars Engage Lake Students in STEM Learning
Akron’s Soap Box Derby (SBD) program is going big and small with its kit cars entered in their racing events these days, and more students at Lake Local Schools are learning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) principles because of it.

This year one Lake Middle School team and four Lake High School teams of students have assembled traditional full size Soap Box Derby cars from kits. They have all passed racing inspection by Derby officials, and will soon race against other teams down the hill on Akron’s Derby Downs track in the upcoming Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition sponsored by the Soap Box Derby.
Lake Middle School’s stock car, built by the school’s Science and Engineering Club composed of students in grades 6-8 advised by Cristina Jones and Staci Lisy, is scheduled to race at Derby Downs May 20, 2017 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Seventh grader Colton King will be the driver.

“Please consider attending, we would love to have lots of support for our team! All ages would enjoy the free STEM Fair that will take place that same day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; it is open to the community,” said Mrs. Jones.

Meanwhile, the four big Lake High School SBD cars include:

• One superstock car entered by the Career Based Intervention Program class taught by Tom McBride
• Two stock cars entered by computer technology classes taught by Dave Wood
• One ‘engineering design’ car (named and modeled after the ‘Mach 5’ from a popular 1967 cartoon)
entered by the GenYes Class taught by Frank Pilato; driving it will be Lake Senior Drew DeLap. Go Speed Racer, go!

These four cars are scheduled to race at Derby Downs in Akron Thursday, May 18, 2017 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“We’d love to see people at Derby Downs cheering on our cars and students,” said Pilato.
In addition, some of Lake Elementary’s fifth and all of Lake Middle School’s sixth graders, members in the middle school Science & Engineering Club, and a number of high school students have also built competitive mini cars through the SBD’s STEM-Based Education Mini Car program. Designed for grades 3-8, the completed mini cars are a 1/13” scale model of a full size SBD car. The minis are also kit cars, offered by the SBD, that students must assemble.

While building them, students gain hands on opportunities to answer STEM questions relating to motion, simple machines, gravity, mass, friction, speed, research, measurement, decimals, fractions, geometry, graphing, slope, and more, while improving skills including problem solving, collaboration, defining problems, testing, research, and communication.

The middle and high school teams greatly appreciate valued support from the following sponsors who helped make it possible for the district to enter their big SBD cars:

• MD Body Corp – painted LMS super stock car
• J and S Autoworks – Painted 2 LHS super stock cars
• Nick’s Auto Body – Painted 1 LHS super stock car
• Canton Elevator – Donated supplies to create the engineering design car
• Morgan Engineering – donated weights for cars
• Hartville Hardware – donated tools
• U.S. Army – donated all 4 LHS car kits

A new component to the district’s STEM programming this year is a mini car ‘open competition.’ This event will allow mini racers built by Lake’s fifth and sixth graders taught by Melissa Krukow, Kathy Tobin, Katrina Gaughan, and Andrea Schafer to race one another on a small, two-lane track to be set up May 23, 2017 in Blue Streak Stadium, weather permitting.

(Mini cars built by the middle school Science & Engineering Club already raced during a Team Day event held at Derby Downs. Mini car winners from that event will be announced May 20, 2017 at Derby Downs.)

“Students have been working hard on their cars, and now they can show them off. We’ll have a bracket for fifth graders from 5-6 p.m., followed by sixth graders from 6-7 p.m.,” began Pilato. “Each student can race their mini car at least two times. The top 20 cars will race again with the five fastest moving on to race against the high school mini cars built by GenYes students.”

NOTE: School organizers for the May 23 mini open race would like fifth and sixth grade Lake families to pre-register for the event  so they have an idea of numbers participating.  To pre-register, click on this link.

Plans call for the five big SBD cars (entered by the middle school and high school) to be on display inside the stadium during the mini races, which hopefully will be broadcast live on the large stadium scoreboard. (If it rains the event will be moved indoors to the Lake High School gym.) Donations will be accepted during the mini races; funds raised will support efforts to involve more students’ participation in SBD STEM programming in the future.

This event is free; family, friends, and community members are all invited to attend.

Fifth and sixth graders can race their SBD mini cars
May 23, 2017 at Blue Streak Stadium at 5 and 6 p.m.

Lake Middle School Science & Engineering Club at Derby Downs

Seventh grader Colton King will drive the Middle School SBD car at Derby Downs.

Lake High Schools's "Mach 5" will race May 18, 2017.
Drew DeLap will be the driver.

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