The Nerdy Derby is coming to the East Bay Mini Maker Faire!

nerdyderbynycBuild your own innovative car and bring it to the Faire for some fun, crazy racing.  Or come to the Faire and get ready to create your own personalized vehicle to speed down the 30+ foot track.  The Nerdy Derby is a twist on the Pinewood Derby, but where all rules are thrown out. With a larger, more undulating track and few restrictions on the size of the cars or materials participants can use, the Nerdy Derby rewards creativity, cleverness and ingenuity. See the competition categories below.  Cars can be made from metal, wood, plastic, legos, cardboard, cheese or whatever you can dream up.  The crazier and more inventive the better!  Just make sure the wheels are 1¾“ apart and the car isn’t more than 8” high or 5” wide.  The Nerdy Derby is presented by Park Day School; the roller coaster track is being built by students and parents as part of their Design Make Engage program.

Check out the Nerdy Derby from World Maker Faire NYC!

EBMMF NERDY DERBY Competition Categories

  • The Slowest
  • The Fastest
  • Funniest Epic Fail (does not win fastest; crowd chosen)
  • The Noisiest
  • The Cutest
  • Littlest Wheels
  • Big Wheels!
  • Powered! (motorized)
  • Parachuters
  • Balloon powered
  • Most Awesome Car That Didn’t Make It
  • The Underdog (least likely to win, but does)
  • Sweet Treat
  • The Ugliest
  • The Tastiest (most edible)

written by Jennifer Cooper

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2 responses to “The Nerdy Derby is coming to the East Bay Mini Maker Faire!

  1. This sounds like a blast! My family and I are busy deconstructing old toys to make our Nerdy Debry cars now. How far off the ground does the bottom of the car have to be to work on the track? Thanks!

  2. Hi Mike. The chassis clearance must be greater than 1/4″. Yesterday the crew bolted together enough of the track to do some test runs. It’s looking pretty fabulous! Bring on the nerdy cars!

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