The checkered flag waves again at the tenth annual NC Gravity Games & Street Fest, a landmark STEM-education festival and racing extravaganza, on Saturday, April 25 in Downtown Lenoir. The free, action-packed day of thrills is sponsored by Google, Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina (via the NC Science Festival) and the City of Lenoir.
The Gravity Games is a real-world experience in which students from across the state use STEM lessons (science, technology, engineering and math) to build and race their own gravity-powered cars down Ashe Avenue’s long hill in downtown Lenoir, cheered on by hundreds of fans as music and color commentary pipes through a jumbo-tron.
The race typically features 60-70 teams hailing from around North Carolina. Registration for the 10th anniversary race closes on March 13.
The Science Street pavilion showcases hands-on exhibits, including robots, space observation, solar powered cars and a mobile ‘maker’ center.
A festival Midway offers more rides and attractions.
The Main Street Food Court keeps racers and revelers fueled up for fun.
Since launching ten years ago, the NC Gravity Games & Street Fest has enrolled more than 500 student teams from across the state in its STEM competition and entertained tens of thousands.
The Gravity Games and its various attractions are a signature event of the NC Science Festival. Prizes include bragging rights, tech goodies, medals and trophies -- plus the pride in being recognized as STEM superstars.
For more information, please visit www.ncgravitygames.com.