The All American/International Soapbox Derby holds corporate/team building events at Derby Downs. You organize a team or sets of teams, buy a car kit ($1500???), then come to Derby Downs to build and race it. It takes about 3 hours to build an adult size car, You can decorate it any way you want. Then you have lunch and get to racing. I spent the day with 6 teams from First Energy.
by the way... the Accounts won
It is a nice day. It is a fun day.
You can take the car home or leave it for AASBD to scavenge for parts.
Derby Downs also has other options to have events there
As of 9/30, they had held 80 events this year at the track (a variety of community, corporate & private) , in addition to the annual Finals competition.
Here are the rest of the pictures I took :
This past weekend (Sept 17 & 18) there were 2 free #Maker events in downtown Akron...across the street from each other...yet I am sure most participants did not know about the other event.
On Saturday, the Akron-Summit County Public Library held Akron Makes, an event for Makers to showcase their work. I did not get a chance to get around to see everyone, but I heard about stomp rockets and egg drop. I saw someone setting up a screen printing station. There was a wooden cnc carved/laser engraved DDR setup and a very large skee ball where you used bowling balls. The Akron Childrens Museum was there with squishy circuits and cubelets and there were several people with robotics. There were many other participants. I had some beads to make bracelets, LED's & batteries, and a cutebot and edison. There were a good number of people that came through...though one of the workers said that not everyone came down our hallway---even though there was a sign directing them to us.
On Sunday, The Akron Art Museum held Kids Makerfest. It was one of their Family Days. It was a day for young entrepreneurs to show off and sell what they make. There were about 3 dozen young Makers selling a variety of products : jewelry, soap, candles, crayons, artwork, tye dye products, reusable canvas shopping bags, cookies & candies, coasters. It was all great and I wanted to buy so many things --- I hope they do it again closer to the December holidays for my shopping. Here they are (though not every pic has the name in it) :
I just came across this neat Toys For Tots project started by IC3D
The idea is to use 3D printers around the U.S. to print toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program (www.toysfortots.org//).
I think this would be a great #MakerSpace #STEM project for schools. IC3D has a set of files created by some experts for you to choose from. They will share them with you when you sign up to become an Elf.
They have been doing this for 4 years, and in 2021 Elves across the nation produced 69 thousands toys for the program. This years goal is 75 thousand. They also have sponsorship opportunities if you don't have a printer and want to contribute.