A total of 60 teams from more than 30 schools competed in a recent fifth annual race featuring gravity-powered cars in Douglasville.
The student-led teams from schools across the state competed in the fifth annual Gravity Games, a competition sponsored by Google, Georgia Tech and the city of Douglasville.
This year’s Gravity Games was the largest in the event’s history.
Villa Rica’s Brighten Academy swept the competition, winning all four divisions it raced in — Stock, Super Stock, Scottie Stock and Engineered. In its dominant showing, the Brighten Academy Phoenix stacked up a 15-1 record against the rest of the field, a news release stated.
More than 1,000 spectators attended the Games in downtown Douglasville to watch students race the cars they’ve spent months building.
In addition to the four traditional Gravity Games categories — Stock, Super Stock, Scottie Stock and Engineered — this year’s event featured an all-new Autonomous (or self-driving) division.
The event also included Science Street, an interactive, hands-on exhibit featuring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities and presentations from area organizations, including UGA, Georgia Tech, the Severe Storms Research Center, the Kids Drone Zone and Georgia Power Co.
“Gravity Games is such an important — and fun — event for Georgia’s students, providing hundreds of middle and high-schoolers experiential learning opportunities in STEM subjects,” said Russell Bonds, Google’s data facilities manager.
“The Gravity Games has become a fall staple for Google, Georgia Tech and the city of Douglasville, and it’s exciting to watch the competition grow every year,” Bonds said.
“In addition to serving as a family-fun weekend activity for the community, our ultimate hope is that the event inspires future scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians whose ideas and innovations our world so critically needs.”
Results from the 2018 Georgia Gravity Games included:
• Stock Class (200-pound limit): Brighten Academy, Mirror Lake Elementary.
• Super Stock Class (240-pound limit): Brighten Academy, Brighten Academy.
• Scottie Stock Class (255-pound limit): Brighten Academy, Chapel Hill High School.
• Engineered Class: Brighten Academy, Google Douglas County.
• Autonomous Class: Chapel Hill High School.
For more information, visit www.gagravitygames.com.