Wrap-Up of the 2023 Akron Soap Box Derby

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The winners of the 2023 Akron Soap Box Derby on stage

First, we want to congratulate all the winners of the 2023 Akron Soap Box Derby.  It is one of Northeast Ohio’s best traditions.  Celebrating the innovation and commitment to excellence of youth from all over the country to compete.  AUI is proud to be a part of it.

The Derby creates an environment that nurtures family and entrepreneurial spirit.  We are honored to live our core values of Community and Teamwork by being a long-time supporter of the Derby.” – AUI CEO Chrissy Myers

How Were the Participants Judged in the 2023 Akron Soap Box Derby?

  1. Vehicle Construction: Participants or teams construct their own soapbox derby cars using simple materials like wood, wheels, nails, and axles. The vehicles are designed to be gravity-powered and cannot include any form of motor or external propulsion.
  2. Safety: Safety is a crucial aspect of soapbox derby races. Participants must wear helmets and other protective gear to ensure their well-being during the event.
  3. Race Day: On the designated race day, participants gather at the top of the hill or slope where the course is set up. Each car is placed on the starting ramp.
  4. Gravity-Powered Racing: The races are gravity-powered, meaning the vehicles rely solely on the force of gravity to propel them downhill. Participants release their cars one by one, and the race is timed to determine the winner.
  5. Winning Criteria: The participant with the fastest time from the top of the hill to the finish line is declared the winner.

Interested in getting involved in the Soap Box Derby?

You don’t have to own a business to get involved in the Akon Soap Box Derby.  They welcome volunteers of all ages.  There are several ways to get involved! View or download our full calendar of volunteer opportunities and let them know which events interest you.  You can read more about volunteer opportunities on their website HERE.

Business Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you a business owner?  There are opportunities for you to get your team involved in the Corporate Challenge.

“Corporate Derby Challenge™ is a high-energy event that ignites a team’s competitive fire as they collaborate assemble, decorate, and compete in an entertaining race with their own adult Soap Box Derby car.”Derby Downs Events

Or you and your team can become a sponsor of the Soap Box Derby and volunteer to continue the excellence in STEM education in our Northeast Ohio community and beyond.  Learn more about sponsorship on their website HERE

Congratulations to all participants of the 2023 Akron Soap Box Derby and we hope to see you again next year!

Alice presenting a trophy to a winner of the soap box derby AUI in the soap box derby cars Finish line for the soap box derby The award ceremony of the 2023 Akron Soap Box Derby Close up of one of this years' trophies

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