Forecasted Thunderstorms Force Date Change, Event to Run as Usual in Two Weeks
(Lenoir, NC) – April 11, 2019 – A forecasted washout and thunderstorms has forced the postponement of the 2019 NC Gravity Games — a gravity powered race and science expo held annually in downtown Lenoir, NC.
The new date for the event is Saturday, April 27 with the festivities kicking off at 9 a.m.
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The free, action-packed day of thrills is sponsored by Google, Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina (via the NC Science Festival) and the City of Lenoir.
The Gravity Games is a real-world experience in which students from across the state use STEM lessons (science, technology, engineering, and math) to build and race their own gravity-powered cars down Ashe Avenue’s long hill in downtown Lenoir, cheered on by hundreds of fans as music and color commentary pipes through a jumbotron.
This year’s race features more than 70 teams hailing from around North Carolina, including the Asheville, Charlotte, Triad, Triangle, and Greenville metro areas.
In addition, the all-day adventure features hands-on STEM exhibits in its Science Street pavilion.
For racers, this year’s engineering challenge is “Transformation” which requires participants to design a car that begins the race with three or four wheels in contact with the ground, but “transforms” and finishes the course on only two wheels.
The Gravity Games and its various attractions are a signature event of the NC Science Festival. Prizes include bragging rights, tech goodies, medals, and trophies — plus the pride in being recognized as STEM superstars.
Event dates: Saturday, April 27
Opening ceremony: 9am-3pm
Venue: Ashe Avenue, Lenoir, NC
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