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Local Students Showcase 3D Designs at Gutter Car Derby

Creative students and 3D printing came together at a unique car race in Traverse City. The Third Annual Newton’s Road Gutter Car Derby featured 3D printed cars designed by local students. The event gets its name from the plastic gutters that are used as the race track. The event gave students from throughout Northwest Lower Michigan the opportunity to race their cars against their peers and showcase their design process and troubleshooting and problem-solving skills to volunteer judges. Each of the cars had to be 100 percent student designed. Prizes were awarded for best design, fastest car, and longest distance.

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.


Our Township greatly benefits from Network Northwest's experience, depth of knowledge and understanding. Because they work with so many diverse communities in our ten-county region they understand the local land-use issues and are already working on solutions by the time we realize we need some help.
- Susan Odom, Chair, Suttons Bay Township Planning Commission