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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.


The professionals at Networks Northwest help our City Council, Planning Commission, and staff make thoughtful decisions to ensure our community is sustainable and resilient for many years to come.
- Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager