46 Days Until the 3rd Annual Green Box Derby!

Are you registered for the Green Box Derby???  Click here to register!

The annual Green Box Derby is scheduled for Saturday May 21, 2015.  Registration is $25 – this covers a t-shirt, numerical sticker for your derby car, and a personalized pit row sign.  It also enters you to win Terra State Community College scholarships, Cedar Point Season Passes, and Sandusky County Fair Passes!  There is a limit of 50 participants – and all participants must be registered by May 1st.

Before you begin, be sure to read over our rules.  Car inspections will take place in April and May – this will provide an opportunity to fix any rule violations before Race Day.  Cars will be inspected for a final time on the morning of the race.  At that time, any cars that do not pass inspection will be disqualified and will not be permitted to participate in the race.

Let’s talk about BRAKES!  Brakes help your car stop safely.  In the 2014 race, we saw a lot of different brakes – some were safer than others!  A couple of cars had issues because their braking system caused them to lose control of the steering of their car – at times traveling directly in front of their opponent!!  Here is a great article to help you develop ideas for how to incorporate safe brakes into the design of your car.

Another important aspect in building a safe car is stability.  Check out this article for the “Golden Ratio”.  In the 2015 race, we noticed that some bumps in the road were causing cars to lose stability.  Sometimes the cars fell onto their sides.  Other cars flipped.  Fortunately, no one was injured!  Be sure to put some thought into wheels, brakes, and ratios – a safe car is the best car!

Once again – I strongly encourage those who are interested in participating in the Green Box Derby to register.  We are only accepting 50 registrations.  We have a lot more than 50 followers of this blog, so if everyone following is interested in participating….those who try to sign up late will not get a spot.

What is the Green Box Derby?

The Green Box Derby is many things.  It’s not just a soap box derby.  It’s also based on a recycling theme.  It has a little something for everyone.  Young adults (12-19 years of age) can compete in a Scholarship Race.  Adults (20+) can compete in a Trophy-Only Race.  Those with an artistic flair can go after the People’s Choice Award.

DSC_2057The Scholarship Race offers a few prizes.  The first place prize is a $2500 Scholarship to Terra State Community College.  The second place prize is a $1000 Scholarship to Terra State Community College.  The rest of the racers will be entered into a drawing to win a $1000 Terra State Community College Scholarship, Cedar Point Season Passes, and Sandusky County Fair Passes.

The Green Box Derby isn’t only about the prizes.  It’s bigger than that.  It’s about creating a skilled career path for young adults.

There is a big push for our youth to go to college.  Thousands of young adults rack up hefty student loan debt – and then struggle to find a job in their field.

Student Loan Debt

It doesn’t have to be that way.  According to Forbes, “The hardest segment of the workforce for employers to staff with skilled talent hasn’t been registered nurses or engineers or even web developers.  It’s been the skilled trades – the welders, electricians, machinists, etc.. that are so prevalent in manufacturing and construction.”  Skilled trades workers are NEEDED – “in 2013, 53% of the skilled trades workforce was over the age of 45”.  Not only are they NEEDED, there are Apprenticeship programs in place to PAY young adults to get the education that they need in order to be successful skilled trades workers.  This means that those who choose to pursue skilled trades careers will NOT have ANY student loan debt!  They will NOT have a hard time finding a job in their field!

Recommended Read:  Why You Should Consider Trade School instead of College



2015 Green Box Derby Winnings

We are happy to announce the Winners of the 2nd Annual Green Box Derby 

It’s been a few days since the Green Box Derby and I wanted to take a couple minutes to reflect on the day and announce the winners. I will start by saying that if you built a car you came away with something, even if it was the knowledge that it isn’t as easy as it seems and all the participants should be proud of their creations. It was a very rewarding experience for anyone who participated, from the students to the adults and volunteers!  A lot of thought and hard work went into the cars and it showed; we had some very creative designs! Some recycled parts that stood out were: a TV antenna, a wheel chair and a wheel barrel.  Make sure you check out the pictures on Facebook and previous blog posts!

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