Girls and boys will experience the thrill of competition and discover the fun of physics in DG Derby: Powered by Gravity, opening at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum on Saturday, February 27. DG Derby: Powered by Gravity features a 37 foot all-aluminum super smooth track specifically designed for pinewood derby style racing and includes pre-made pinewood cars as well as Lego™ brand parts that can be assembled within the exhibit space to create the speediest cars in town. Children of all ages will love learning the physics of gravity-powered racing while competing against friends and family to build the car with the fastest speed. Executive Director Laurie Hopkins says,“I’m thrilled to announce another newly created exhibit in our three year museum revitalization plan with this exciting, hands-on science interactive. DG Derby is the centerpiece of our STEM-based activity gallery where families will enjoy the 60+ year pinewood derby racing tradition of speed, performance and victory.”
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum is pleased to partner with Boy Scouts of America Great Salt Lake Council for the official launch of the new DG Derby exhibit with an inaugural race between local Cub Scout Pinewood Derby winners. Top derby competitors will race for dominance in the first official DG Derby Race at 11 am. Discovery Gateway members will enjoy an exclusive pr
eview of the new exhibit beginning at 10 am. After the inaugural DG Derby Race, guests are invited to build their own customized versions of derby cars within the exhibit to test their speed on the four-lane track, or create their own keepsake pinewood derby car in one of four facilitated workshops throughout the day. Girls and boys are also encouraged to bring their own cars from home and race against friends on the four-lane track! In spring 2016, the museum will launch monthly derby car building workshops where families will create unique pinewood derby cars of their own.
The new DG Derby: Powered by Gravity exhibit is part of the initial phase in Discovery Gateway’s three-year plan to redesign and upgrade museum exhibits. After more than 2-million visitors since opening in 2006, patrons can look forward to a fresh new way for families to play together at Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum.