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4-H Car Competition & Design Workshop

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Event date/time: 
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 25, 2018 - 4:00pm
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 2:30pm
Event location: 

Massachusetts 4-H Summer of Science

2018 Car Competition

Sponsored by the MA 4-H Science Program



Locations:  (See local fair book for further information)

August 25th Worcester County 4-H Fair in Barre – 4pm Tennis courts (Registration at 3pm)

September 16th September Cracker Barrel fair in Wrentham, MA- 2:30pm


Two Designs to Pick from:

Basic Car Design Goal:  Design a car to travel the furthest without going off course.

Battery Powered Car Design Goal:  Design a car using basic parts and recycled materials to travel the fastest under battery power using just 2–AA batteries. 

Along with speed, cars will be judged on best use of recycled materials, overall design, gear designs and creativity. The day of the event solar panels will be available after the race for participants to try converting their car to solar power if conditions allow it. (Panels are 267mm x 127mm x 3mm)

*No pinewood derby cars


Basic Car Design (Gravity Car) – 

Battery Power Car Design - (*Apeiron Institute has some resources to help in understanding gears, axles along with solar car specific resources

 Materials Needed:  *Several Starter kits available while supplies last - $5 for basic car design and $10 additional for battery powered expansion pack and checks should be made payable to the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation.

Workshop:  A workshop will be held at the Walpole 4-H office August 16th from 1-4pm.  The Walpole office is located at 400 Main St., Walpole, MA.  Register with Kim Pond.

If you are interested in helping or judging please contact Kim Pond, MA 4-H SET Liaison at  or 508-831-1223 x114  (If you would like to see this expanded to other fairs/venues please let us know.)

Flier and Scoresheet

Contact's name: 
Kim Pond
Contact's phone: 
508-831-1223 x114
Contact's email: 
Worcester, MA 01603
Worcester MA