St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Brookhaven recently held its second eighth-grade boxcar race for its graduating class (the school is for grades K-8). This STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math)-based event was the culmination of a semester-long project where teams of three or four honed their skills to build a working boxcar to race against their peers. The eighth-grade capstone project highlights the STEAM-focused curriculum taught at St. Martin’s in a fun and interactive manner. Teams of students designed, built and raced their boxcars in accordance with the International Red Bull Soapbox Derby regulations and rules. Each team produced a to-scale blueprint of their design, and built one boxcar made of mostly recycled materials to accommodate one rider and two pushers. Sixteen teams competed for the Fastest Boxcar trophy. In the end, Cars placed first, followed closely by High School Musical. After the race, High School Musical had a shot at redemption and took first place in the agility course. St. Martin’s fifth-graders and their teachers helped judge the boxcars for best theme, costume and team dance. They awarded the Powerpuff Girls with Best Overall Theme. The project was created and named for Carter Davis, son of St. Martin’s eighth-grade English teacher Michele Davis, who died in 2016. Carter was a rising senior at a Cherokee County high school and had planned to build the boxcar for his senior project.

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