Competition and festivities celebrate STEM education, offer family fun courtesy of sponsors  Google, ASU, NC Science Fest & City of Lenoir  


Registration closes on March 13


(LENOIR, NC) – February 13, 2020 – The checkered flag waves again at the tenth annual NC Gravity Games & Street Fest, a landmark STEM-education festival and racing extravaganza, on Saturday, April 25 in Downtown Lenoir. 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 jumbo-tron.


The race typically features 60-70 teams hailing from around North Carolina. Registration for the 10th anniversary race closes on March 13. Photos here.


In addition:

  • The Science Street pavilion showcases hands-on exhibits, including robots, space observation, solar powered cars and a mobile ‘maker’ center.
  • A festival Midway offers more rides and attractions.
  • The Main Street Food Court keeps racers and revelers fueled up for fun.


Since launching ten years ago, the NC Gravity Games & Street Fest has enrolled more than 500 student teams from across the state in its STEM competition and entertained tens of thousands.


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.


For more information, please visit Images here.


Event dates: Saturday, April 25

Opening ceremony: 9am-3pm

Admission: FREE!

Venue: Ashe Avenue, Lenoir, NC


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