COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Thirty local kids participated as Let's Grow (STEAM)X hosted the River City Soap Box Derby Race Saturday afternoon at the Psalmond Road Recreation Center.
The race and the LGSX Racer Clinics leading up to the race use activities and games centered around science, technology, engineering arts, and mathematics (STEAM) as an outside-the-box learning experience for students grades four through 12.
The LET'S GROW (STEAM)X is a community-based initiative dedicated to providing a free, competitive educational platform that focuses on helping students utilize their most abundant resource...their imagination as well as encouraging students to develop a love for life-long learning.
It's all helps to prepare them for the River City Soap Box Derby.
In order for a child to participate in the Soap Box Derby, they have to attend at least two free clinics.
The Racer Clinics leading up to the Derby Race consist of workshops and activities that challenge and excite children.
Today's clinic was the third one this year.
Tashee Singleton who is the Chief Finacial officer with Let's Grow (STEAM)X says the purpose of today's event is to teach kids how to build a car and the different parts of engineering.
"These cars will be the size a youth or adult can sit in and right now we don't have one displayed today because we didn't want the kids to get overly excited about it so we wanted to start off a little smaller today but yes they will definitely be in it maybe the next clinic they attend they will actually be putting the wheels and steering wheels on them, making sure the gears are properly in place and we might even test them so they can get the feel of how a car is supposed to run," says Singleton.
Those same cars will be used in the July 29 River City Soap Box Derby.
The race was licensed by the All American International Soap Box Derby Association.
For more information about the Racer Clinics, River City Soap Box Derby, or upcoming Let's Grow (STEAM)X events, click here.