AKRON — Last week, Goodyear held its own version of Derby Day.
Goodyear and the International Soap Box Derby hosted a mini-car championship race May 14 as part of Goodyear's annual STEM Career Day, an outreach event encouraging high school and middle school students to pursue opportunities in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
The event was livestreamed from Goodyear's Innovation Center at the company's headquarters in Akron.
In collaboration with the Soap Box Derby, Goodyear sent mini Soap Box Derby car kits to more than 1,300 students across Northeast Ohio, allowing students to explore different STEM applications connected to racing. The middle school race challenge prompted students to evaluate how the weight placement in mini-cars affects test times on a track with varying slopes and lengths, while high school students could choose to participate in an aerodynamics race challenge and/or unleash their creativity in an automotive design activity.