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Second Annual North Carolina Gravity Games showcase engineering, science

LENOIR—Google and Appalachian State University co-hosted the Second Annual North Carolina Gravity Games Soapbox Races on Saturday, April 28, in downtown Lenoir. Hundreds of spectators lined Ashe Avenue to support more than 20 teams that competed for prizes, including an Android IdeaPad and items from Google and Appalachian.

View larger imageAn entry from Forest Hills Elementary School from Morganton, pictured in the foreground, won first place in the N.C. Gravity Games Soapbox Races in the gravity powered competition. (Photo by Mike Briley)

There were two divisions: Gravity Only and Open Powered. Cars that competed in the Gravity-Only race were powered by gravitational potential energy. Participants were 10 to 18 years old. Cars that competed in the Open-Powered race were powered by any form of potential energy. Team members were at least 10 years old.

Forest Hill Elementary School in Morganton won first place in the Gravity-Only division, beating 19 other teams. Bruce Jones from Charlotte won first place in the Open-Powered division, beating four other teams.

Other teams that placed in the Gravity-Only division included: William Lenoir Middle School’s Team 1 in third place and Alleghany County’s Glade Creek Elementary School in second place.

Other teams that placed in the Open-Powered division include: Gil Cash from Clover, S.C., in third place and Doyle Reid from Lenoir in second place.

Caldwell Career Center Middle College won the Design Award for the most creative car.

The 2013 North Carolina Gravity Games will be held on April 13 in downtown Lenoir.

The North Carolina Gravity Games is an educational, hands-on activity, which highlights the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a way that is fun for young people and gets them excited about science.