WFES STEM class builds Soap Box Derby car

Community, West Fannin Elem

Mike Sullivan, WFES Principle Lucas Roof, Brian Higgins

West Fannin Elementary School’s ALPHA class had the opportunity to build a soapbox derby car from a kit provided by Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby founders Brian Higgins and Mike Sullivan.

Higgins and Sullivan brought to the STEM lab an unfinished car kit. The young men and women of the ALPHA class assembled the car with their guidance; drilling the holes, attaching screws to attach the pre-cut pieces together, gluing some pieces for added stability.

Filled with excitement at the team completion, Principal Lucas Roof allowed some students to ride the car down a hallway with Ms. Patterson supervising.

Tucker Rhodes, Brady Payne, Alexandria Banks, and Alexandria Cooks were excited to be able to drive the car down the hall. Rhodes had acquired permission from Roof to allow those students to ride down the hall in the newly built car.

Tucker Rhodes

Alexandria Cooks











Brady Payne

Alexandria Banks


Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby’s mission is “To provide Fannin County residents a family-centered event and directing all profits towards STEM Education in Fannin County Schools.”

The race will commence on April 27, 2019, in the Fannin Middle School parking lot, beginning at 10 a.m..

Car kits are available by contacting Sullivan or Higgins at


The next Soap Box Derby event before the race will be held at Dairy Queen Grill & Chill on March 27, 2019, from 4-8 p.m. DQ patrons will be able to view a previously built derby car.


According to the Derby’s Facebook page, “Derby officials will be on hand to answer questions. The official rules and registration forms will be available. Among the registrations filled out and turned in at this event, six (6) will be randomly selected and completely paid for by Dairy Queen!”

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