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.
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 BRSoapBoxDerby@gmail.com.
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!”
Mark your calendars for both dates!
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