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10th Annual South Slope Derby

Soapbox Soirée: 10th Annual South Slope Derby (And Gala) Is Ready To Roll

When: AUGUST 26th, 12-2pm
Where: 306 17th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Who: All kids ages 7-15 who made a gravity controlled car out of recycled materials can register for free at 11am. Ages 16-100 can also participate for free, but will not be entered in the competitive race.
This Event is FREE.

Every year in the end of August you can experience the thrill of witnessing our participants from the summer Soap Box Workshop race their fun, funky, eco-friendly contraptions down 17th Street in Brooklyn. Our 10th annual Derby is set for August 26th 2017!!! Click here for information about our Summer Soap Box Workshop 2017.


Carlos Menchaca/ Council Member for District 38 in Brooklyn.

Elise Long/Artistic Director and Founder of Spoke the Hub.

Peter Reich/ Creator of the Swift Folder Bicycle.

Katherine Moriwaki/Co-founder of Scrapyard Challenge

Donny Levit/ Editor-in-chief of New Pulp City.

Severn Clay-Youman/Founder of Civic Architecture Workshop.

Rebecca Daruger/Director of Education  at 826NYC


Since 2008, our Derby has been a staple of the neighborhood. Each year, the Soap Box Workshop encourages children to think outside the box. Children plan their inventions using sketches and calculations, bringing them to life with found and recycled objects as well as building materials. Over the course of the workshop, participants turn piles of seemingly useless trash into functional machines while learning about construction and design and, more importantly, having fun. Leading up to the race, kids test drive their gravity racers, ensuring the safety and functionality of each invention. At the Derby participants get to race their cars for real as friends, families, and neighbors cheer them on as they race down the street.

The South Slope Derby has received rave reviews from publications such as the New York Times, Brooklyn Paper, New York Daily News, DNAinfo and many more!