International Soap Box Derby

International Soap Box Derby Mission
To build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration, fair and honest racing competitions, STEM curriculum, and other community-focused activities.

The International Soap Box Derby is an international nonprofit organization. The Derby's two youth initiatives are the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby racing program and the STEM-based Education Program, which provides educational opportunities for K-12 youth worldwide through Soap Box Derby racing. The Derby dates back to 1934, when the first All-American race was held in Dayton, Ohio. Visit www.aasbd.org to start racing!

The International Soap Box Derby is an international nonprofit organization. The Derby's two youth initiatives are the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby racing program and the STEM-based Education Program, which provides educational opportunities for K-12 youth worldwide through Soap Box Derby racing. The Derby dates back to 1934, when the first All-American race was held in Dayton, Ohio. Visit www.aasbd.org to start racing!

Operating as usual

The Soap Box Derby would like to thank the brave men and women who have served our great country. We salute you!#Veteran...
11/11/2021

The Soap Box Derby would like to thank the brave men and women who have served our great country. We salute you!

#VeteransDay #ThankYouForYourService

The Soap Box Derby would like to thank the brave men and women who have served our great country. We salute you!

#VeteransDay #ThankYouForYourService

Planning for next year? Rent the Derby Downs facility for your event! Bring your group for a fun-filled day where you ca...
11/10/2021

Planning for next year? Rent the Derby Downs facility for your event! Bring your group for a fun-filled day where you can plummet down the 989-foot track – reaching speeds in excess of 30 mph!
To learn more about what's all included and how to rent, visit soapboxderby.org/derby-downs/rent-the-facility.aspx.

Planning for next year? Rent the Derby Downs facility for your event! Bring your group for a fun-filled day where you can plummet down the 989-foot track – reaching speeds in excess of 30 mph!
To learn more about what's all included and how to rent, visit soapboxderby.org/derby-downs/rent-the-facility.aspx.

Happy National STEM Day! The Soap Box Derby is about more than just racing soap box cars – it’s about building the next ...
11/08/2021

Happy National STEM Day! The Soap Box Derby is about more than just racing soap box cars – it’s about building the next generation of Engineers, Scientists, and Technologists whose creativity and passion will shape the future of STEM careers.
Today, and every day, we're proud to offer hands-on opportunities for young learners to build skills in these fields.

Happy National STEM Day! The Soap Box Derby is about more than just racing soap box cars – it’s about building the next generation of Engineers, Scientists, and Technologists whose creativity and passion will shape the future of STEM careers.
Today, and every day, we're proud to offer hands-on opportunities for young learners to build skills in these fields.

Congrats champs!!
11/06/2021

Congrats champs!!

As we prepare to turn back the clocks this weekend, we think it's a great time for a throw back Soap Box Derby fact! Did...
11/05/2021

As we prepare to turn back the clocks this weekend, we think it's a great time for a throw back Soap Box Derby fact!
Did you know the first gravity racing challenge started out with only 12 students? Soap Box Derby has now grown to include more than 1,200 students and educators – just in Akron alone! We are so grateful for all of you!

As we prepare to turn back the clocks this weekend, we think it's a great time for a throw back Soap Box Derby fact!
Did you know the first gravity racing challenge started out with only 12 students? Soap Box Derby has now grown to include more than 1,200 students and educators – just in Akron alone! We are so grateful for all of you!

The GRC Competition challenges teams of school children to build a Soap Box Derby racing car. GRC teams are made up of n...
10/29/2021

The GRC Competition challenges teams of school children to build a Soap Box Derby racing car. GRC teams are made up of not more than 10 students (driver, alternate driver, 2-4 pit crew members and media specialists) and two coaches. Want to learn more about how to start a team? Visit soapboxderby.org/education-program/teacherscoaches/how-do-i-start-a-grc-team-at-my-school.aspx

The GRC Competition challenges teams of school children to build a Soap Box Derby racing car. GRC teams are made up of not more than 10 students (driver, alternate driver, 2-4 pit crew members and media specialists) and two coaches. Want to learn more about how to start a team? Visit soapboxderby.org/education-program/teacherscoaches/how-do-i-start-a-grc-team-at-my-school.aspx

Our core values are incredibly important to us. Collaboration and teamwork. They’re building blocks for any company that...
10/27/2021

Our core values are incredibly important to us. Collaboration and teamwork. They’re building blocks for any company that wants to reach the next level. When you work together, great things happen!

Our core values are incredibly important to us. Collaboration and teamwork. They’re building blocks for any company that wants to reach the next level. When you work together, great things happen!

Alex M. has participated in the Soap Box Derby for 44 years and counting – his first race was at 6 years old! "I hope my...
10/21/2021

Alex M. has participated in the Soap Box Derby for 44 years and counting – his first race was at 6 years old!

"I hope my derby career will carry on forever. I will always find a kid to race with. Thank you for all the great memories."

We know the learning never ends for our participants. We're happy to have folks like Alex pass along his expertise to the next generation of racers!

Alex M. has participated in the Soap Box Derby for 44 years and counting – his first race was at 6 years old!

"I hope my derby career will carry on forever. I will always find a kid to race with. Thank you for all the great memories."

We know the learning never ends for our participants. We're happy to have folks like Alex pass along his expertise to the next generation of racers!

From the first time young racers get their hands on a Soap Box car to their first race and beyond, Soap Box Derby is a p...
10/19/2021

From the first time young racers get their hands on a Soap Box car to their first race and beyond, Soap Box Derby is a place to play, discover and learn from an incredible community.
With a focus on STEM-based learning – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – we make it our mission to educate and inspire youth!

From the first time young racers get their hands on a Soap Box car to their first race and beyond, Soap Box Derby is a place to play, discover and learn from an incredible community.
With a focus on STEM-based learning – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – we make it our mission to educate and inspire youth!

10/16/2021

Job well done, congrats!!

10/16/2021

Congrats champs!!!

Participating in the Soap Box Derby is more than a great way to encourage STEM learning – there are so many other benefi...
10/15/2021

Participating in the Soap Box Derby is more than a great way to encourage STEM learning – there are so many other benefits, too! From building friendships and strengthening family bonds, to learning great communication and creating memories to last a lifetime!
To learn more about how to get involved visit soapboxderby.org.

Participating in the Soap Box Derby is more than a great way to encourage STEM learning – there are so many other benefits, too! From building friendships and strengthening family bonds, to learning great communication and creating memories to last a lifetime!
To learn more about how to get involved visit soapboxderby.org.

Wondering what makes a winner? According to John L. from Memphis, TN, "The trait of a winner is never giving up. You get...
10/13/2021

Wondering what makes a winner? According to John L. from Memphis, TN, "The trait of a winner is never giving up. You get back up even after you’ve been knocked down."

Wondering what makes a winner? According to John L. from Memphis, TN, "The trait of a winner is never giving up. You get back up even after you’ve been knocked down."

Your 2021 GRC STEM Team Competition winners are...Super Stock1st - Barberton HS - 55.07s2nd - St. Vincent St. Mary HS - ...
10/12/2021

Your 2021 GRC STEM Team Competition winners are...

Super Stock
1st - Barberton HS - 55.07s
2nd - St. Vincent St. Mary HS - 55.32s
3rd - St. Vincent St. Mary HS - 55.68s

Engineering Design
1st - Coventry HS (Star Wars, Mandalorian) - 67.48s
2nd - Barberton HS (Cheese Wedge) - 69.16s
3rd - Louisville HS (Wally World) - 72.79s

Best Design
Wally World - Louisville HS

We had a lot of fun watching everyone compete in the Super Stock races and seeing all of the creative designs in the Eng...
10/11/2021

We had a lot of fun watching everyone compete in the Super Stock races and seeing all of the creative designs in the Engineering Design Challenge for the 2021 High School GRC STEM Team Competition! Stay tuned as we will be announcing the winners soon!

#STEM #SoapBoxDerby

Our final races for the Akron Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition began this morning! Good luck to all of our...
10/08/2021

Our final races for the Akron Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition began this morning! Good luck to all of our teams!

Our final races for the Akron Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition began this morning! Good luck to all of our teams!

🏁 Today kicks off our our Akron Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition! 🏁Help us extend a warm welcome to our hi...
10/05/2021

🏁 Today kicks off our our Akron Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition! 🏁
Help us extend a warm welcome to our high school teams!!

🏁 Today kicks off our our Akron Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition! 🏁
Help us extend a warm welcome to our high school teams!!

Thank you to everyone who was able to come out for the 2021 Soap Box Derby President's Party presented by SeibertKeck In...
10/01/2021

Thank you to everyone who was able to come out for the 2021 Soap Box Derby President's Party presented by SeibertKeck Insurance Partners. Everything we have accomplished this past year was made possible by the generosity of companies and individuals like you!.

With our next racing challenge around the corner, Gerald H. from Clearfield, PA (age 11) offers up a simple piece of adv...
10/01/2021

With our next racing challenge around the corner, Gerald H. from Clearfield, PA (age 11) offers up a simple piece of advice for new racers: "Always stay focused and listen to your car handler at all times!"
Great advice, Gerald!

With our next racing challenge around the corner, Gerald H. from Clearfield, PA (age 11) offers up a simple piece of advice for new racers: "Always stay focused and listen to your car handler at all times!"
Great advice, Gerald!

Save the Date!!!It's official! The 84th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship race week will be Jul...
09/27/2021

Save the Date!!!

It's official! The 84th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship race week will be July 17 - 23, 2022!

#84SBDerby #WorldChampionship

Save the Date!!!

It's official! The 84th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship race week will be July 17 - 23, 2022!

#84SBDerby #WorldChampionship

Good luck this weekend racers!Rally Schedule:Akron Area 9/25 - 9/26Arlington 9/25 - 09/26Bowling Green 9/25 - 9/26Indian...
09/24/2021

Good luck this weekend racers!

Rally Schedule:
Akron Area 9/25 - 9/26
Arlington 9/25 - 09/26
Bowling Green 9/25 - 9/26
Indianapolis 9/25 - 9/26
Omaha 9/25 - 9/26

For a complete list of Rally races visit bit.ly/SBDRallyDates
#Rally #SoapBoxDerby

Good luck this weekend racers!

Rally Schedule:
Akron Area 9/25 - 9/26
Arlington 9/25 - 09/26
Bowling Green 9/25 - 9/26
Indianapolis 9/25 - 9/26
Omaha 9/25 - 9/26

For a complete list of Rally races visit bit.ly/SBDRallyDates
#Rally #SoapBoxDerby

Looking for a quick and fun activity? Check out our STEM Mini Car activity!Visit soapboxderby.org/education-program to l...
09/21/2021
Education Program - Soap Box Derby

Looking for a quick and fun activity? Check out our STEM Mini Car activity!

Visit soapboxderby.org/education-program to learn more.

The Derby’s STEM-Based Program uses the tools & values of Soap Box Derby® racing to introduce STEM to students in an fun, engaging way.

09/17/2021

Good Luck Racers

As a Soap Box parent, Richard J. loves being able to teach his kids how to build and race their derby cars. But the best...
09/17/2021

As a Soap Box parent, Richard J. loves being able to teach his kids how to build and race their derby cars. But the best part is the bonding time and unforgettable memories you form along the way!

"I wish more people know what a wonderful family and team activity the Soap Box is. Working on the cars together, arranging the rally trips, teaming up to study the track, set up the cars, load in the ramp, etc. It is unlike other sports where the parent just sits on a bench. Soap Box builds bonds and memories unlike any other sport." – Richard J.

As a Soap Box parent, Richard J. loves being able to teach his kids how to build and race their derby cars. But the best part is the bonding time and unforgettable memories you form along the way!

"I wish more people know what a wonderful family and team activity the Soap Box is. Working on the cars together, arranging the rally trips, teaming up to study the track, set up the cars, load in the ramp, etc. It is unlike other sports where the parent just sits on a bench. Soap Box builds bonds and memories unlike any other sport." – Richard J.

Register your High School team today for the 2021 Akron Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition. Team races will ...
09/16/2021

Register your High School team today for the 2021 Akron Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition. Team races will be held on October 5th, 7th and 8th at the Soap Box Derby Headquarters in Akron, Ohio.
Each team will schedule their own time to visit Derby Downs for both Team Day activities and races. To learn more and register, visit https://www.soapboxderby.org/education-program/akron-grc-race.aspx

Register your High School team today for the 2021 Akron Gravity Racing Challenge STEM Team Competition. Team races will be held on October 5th, 7th and 8th at the Soap Box Derby Headquarters in Akron, Ohio.
Each team will schedule their own time to visit Derby Downs for both Team Day activities and races. To learn more and register, visit https://www.soapboxderby.org/education-program/akron-grc-race.aspx

Check this out! Lots of great STEM lessons in this tutorial. How To Build a Mini Car Video youtu.be/9LTb35-Als8Purchase ...
09/13/2021
How to Build a Mini Soap Box Derby Car

Check this out! Lots of great STEM lessons in this tutorial. How To Build a Mini Car Video youtu.be/9LTb35-Als8

Purchase your Mini Car at bit.ly/SBDMiniCar

Step by step on how to assemble a Mini Soap Box Derby Car.

#NeverForget 9.11.01
09/11/2021

#NeverForget 9.11.01

#NeverForget 9.11.01

Thanks for coming out to Derby Downs Leadership Akron Class 38!#SoapBoxDerby #BackOnTrack #ThrillOfTheHill
09/09/2021

Thanks for coming out to Derby Downs Leadership Akron Class 38!

#SoapBoxDerby #BackOnTrack #ThrillOfTheHill

This morning we had the pleasure of hosting the Summit County School Superintendents. Looks like everyone had a blast ex...
09/09/2021

This morning we had the pleasure of hosting the Summit County School Superintendents. Looks like everyone had a blast experiencing Derby Downs.

#SoapBoxDerby #BackOnTrack

Registration for the High School Gravity Racing Challenge is open! Sign up to enjoy the fun!To register visit gravityrac...
09/08/2021

Registration for the High School Gravity Racing Challenge is open! Sign up to enjoy the fun!

To register visit gravityracingchallenge.soapboxderby.org

Registration for the High School Gravity Racing Challenge is open! Sign up to enjoy the fun!

To register visit gravityracingchallenge.soapboxderby.org

Today we celebrate the labor movement and the contributions of American workers. Have a happy and safe Labor Day Derby N...
09/06/2021

Today we celebrate the labor movement and the contributions of American workers. Have a happy and safe Labor Day Derby Nation! #soapboxderby #derbydowns #laborday

Today we celebrate the labor movement and the contributions of American workers. Have a happy and safe Labor Day Derby Nation! #soapboxderby #derbydowns #laborday

Attention Derby Nation,The Derby Office will be closed starting at 1pm today through Monday, Sept. 6. Normal office hour...
09/03/2021

Attention Derby Nation,

The Derby Office will be closed starting at 1pm today through Monday, Sept. 6. Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Have a great weekend!

Attention Derby Nation,

The Derby Office will be closed starting at 1pm today through Monday, Sept. 6. Normal office hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Have a great weekend!

It's a beautiful day here at the Soap Box Derby HQ. The Goodyear blimp gave us a visit!#SoapBoxDerby #BlimpWorthy
09/02/2021

It's a beautiful day here at the Soap Box Derby HQ. The Goodyear blimp gave us a visit!

#SoapBoxDerby #BlimpWorthy

It's a beautiful day here at the Soap Box Derby HQ. The Goodyear blimp gave us a visit!

#SoapBoxDerby #BlimpWorthy

#SeptemberRallyRaceScheduleGreater Chicago 9.11 - 9.12Stanwood Camano Island 9.11 - 09.12Central Florida 9.18Columbus 9....
09/01/2021
Rally Race Schedule - Soap Box Derby

#SeptemberRallyRaceSchedule

Greater Chicago 9.11 - 9.12
Stanwood Camano Island 9.11 - 09.12
Central Florida 9.18
Columbus 9.18 - 09.19
New Hampshire 9.18 - 09.19
Oregon 9.18 - 09.19
Owensboro Lions Club 9.18 - 09.19

Visit bit.ly/SBDRallyDates for a full schedule of races.

Rally races are held across the United States June through May. Rally racers may accumulate points to qualify for the First Enery All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship Race (See current Rule Book). Rally racers may also choose to attend rally races just to get some experience in their car.....

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We enjoyed great Akron weather and connections at the International Soap Box Derby’s annual President’s Party! We were proud to be this year’s title sponsor.
After quite a crazy summer, it is nice to be able to take orders again! I even got to use a new technique that I had never tried before! These cookies were for the International Soap Box Derby in Akron. I love how they turned out!
Is there a date for the 2022 All American Soap Box Derby Race? Planning Our Houlton Maine State Race And Need That Date To Pick Ours To Be In Compliance. Thank you!
Come join us in England next year?
Someone perhaps in this Group - or related to someone in this Group - might be interested in this 1966 Soap Box Derby car, currently being offered for sale by at the Summit County Habitat for Humanity ReStore location on Romig Road. It's a bit faint, but the Participant was "Roy Moore", the Weighmaster was Dave Mack, the total car weight (car and driver) was 248 pounds, and the sponsor appears to have been the "Electro Compound Co."
Thank you to A Kid Again - Northern Ohio! Today was a fun day and Drayden even got to ride down in a derby car! International Soap Box Derby
Thank you to A Kid Again - Northern Ohio! Today was a fun day and Drayden even got to ride down in a derby car! Derby car ride posted in next post 🙂 International Soap Box Derby
We are rockin and rollin down the track here at the International Soap Box Derby. Thanks to GPD Group and the GPD Group Employees' Foundation for making all of this possible! Our kids are racing down the track, tie dying, making lots of crafts and enjoying yummy foods! 🏎
We're rolling into Adventure weekend and looking forward to being back in person at the International Soap Box Derby tomorrow! We can't wait to see the smiles on our families faces when they see what we have in store for them, it is sure to be a memorable day! Check out these photos from our last in-person Soap Box Derby Adventure in 2019! 🏎
Check out Inclusion Day at the International Soap Box Derby! Such a cool event.
Where can we see heat sheets online for today?