What is Space Derby?
Runnels, Barry C (Barry_C_Runnels@MMACMAIL.JCCBI.GOV)
Fri, 2 Feb 1996 09:16:59 CST
Space Derby races are a lot of fun because the space derbies are fast
and boys love anything that is propelled by a propeller The derbies
are easier for the Scouts to build because they only require a potato
peeler to carve out the shapes.
The event requires more adults to participate because the adults first
must verify that all the derbies have equal number of number bands
then they have to wind up the derbies before each start.
The biggest disadvantage to Space Derby races is each derby requires
time to wind up the rubber bands and therefore the Scouts only get to
see the derbies race a few times. My son took second place after 5
races in 2.5 hours. At our Pinewood Derby, our Scouts see their cars
race 15 to 20 times in two hours. Also, more boys can get involved at
Pinewood Derbies races than Space Derbies races because of the
complexity of winding up the derbies and attaching them to the wires
requires the help of adults.
This does not mean I don't like Space Derbies, infant my son enjoyed
building his Space Derby more than his pinewood car because Space
Derbies require very few tools, mostly potato peeler and sand paper
and he said they are more fun to watch. I am trying to think of ways
to get 15 runs for each Scout in two hours time. When I achieve that,
we will have a Space Derby race.
If you decide to have a Space Derby Event, bring extra rubber bands
because some boys will only show up with one and they run best with
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Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City