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Grant allows eighth-graders to develop Soap Box Derby cars

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The University of Akron has received a federal grant from the National Science Foundation to assist eighth-grade students in developing new All-American Soap Box Derby cars.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( ) the grant, totaling just less than $725,000, will be used for educator training as well as purchasing 3-D printers, computer programs and a small wind tunnel for a new engineering class at Akron Public Schools' STEM Middle School.

STEM Middle School's curriculum focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Students in the class will test the aerodynamics of replica Soap Box Derby cars and design a new body style to rival their current look, which has been unchanged for decades.

Officials say the ultimate goal of the program is to inspire students to embrace engineering.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal,

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