Georgia Gravity Games

A young participant in the 2017 Georgia Gravity Games prepares to race.

Google will be among the sponsors as more than 60 student teams from more than 30 schools compete in the fifth annual Georgia Gravity Games competition Saturday, Nov. 3, in Douglasville.

The event on Church Street in downtown Douglasville is free and open to the public.

Organizers Google, Georgia Tech and the city of Douglasville are expecting more than 2,000 to attend, a news release stated.

Gravity Games is a gravity-only car race competition, providing students an experiential learning opportunity involving STEM subjects.

This year’s Games will be the largest in the event’s five-year history.

Registrants will begin arriving at 7:30 a.m. Races will begin at 9 a.m. following remarks by the organizers. The award ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m.

Registered teams have engineered and built their own cars for the competition. The race categories include stock, super stock, scottie stock, engineered and a newly-created autonomous (self-driving/driverless) division.

In addition to watching the races, there will be a number of food vendors, including Bojangles, Chick-fil-A, Marco’s Pizza, On the Roll Maine Lobster, Kona Ice and MokiPops.

The event also will feature Science Street, a free exhibit with hands-on activities and presentations from area organizations, including the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Children's Museum of Atlanta, Severe Storms Research Center, Kids Drone Zone, Georgia Power and more.

Limited edition 2018 Georgia Gravity Games T-shirts will also be available for sale.

All proceeds will go to the Douglas County Public Education Trust (PET) and will help sponsor teams in future Games that do not have the resources to build a car.

For more information, visit www.gagravitygames.com

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