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Local Students Set to Showcase 3D Designs At Gutter Car Derby in Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, MI—Creative students and 3D printing will come together at a unique car race March 22 in Traverse City. The Newton’s Road Gutter Car Derby will feature 3D printed cars designed by local students. The event gets its name from the plastic gutters that are used as the race track. The Gutter Car Derby will start at 6:00 p.m. at The Pathfinder School, 11930 S West Bay Shore Drive.

Along with the race the students will be judged on their designs and will also give oral presentations to the judges. Each of the cars is required to be 100 percent student designed. Prizes will be awarded for best design, fastest car, and longest distance. This event is open to all K-12 students within the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD). Participating schools include: TCAPS, The Pathfinder School, Bellaire High School, and more! The public is welcome to attend the event.

The Gutter Car Derby partners are: TBAISD, The Pathfinder School, RJG, Inc., Quarkmine, and Boomerang-Catapult. 

Newton's Road is a program of Networks Northwest, operating in partnership with area businesses and schools, dedicated to promoting STEM education for K-12 students in Northwest Lower Michigan.

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Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager