Every August for the past 10 years, the South Slope Derby has wowed spectators on 17th street between 5th and 6th in front of Open Source Gallery (306 17th Street, South Slope).
Soap Box Summer Workshops encourage children to think outside the box. Over the course of the workshop, participants turn piles of seemingly useless trash into functional eco-friendly soap box cars while learning about construction and design and, more importantly, having fun. Our campers plan their inventions using sketches and calculations, bringing them to life with found and recycled objects. Under the strict supervision of our watchful counselors, students are introduced to a variety of tools, from the basic nails, hammers, and hand saws to drills, screws and power sanders. Time is spent outside collecting found objects and additional building materials, and the cars are tested at each stage. During the lunch hour the kids have the option for time at the playground to eat and have free play, or to continue work on their cars.
Kids can come for multiple weeks or just one week! Everyone makes a car and help prepare for the race! All cars “compete” in the final South Slope Derby at the end of August.
The workshop culminates in the annual South Slope Derby on 17th Street in South Slope, Brooklyn (the same street as Open Source Gallery) – participants, families, friends, and neighbors and invited to the race and all are encouraged to participate.