A “Soapbox Derby” competition is integrated into the course. This competition provides the framework for all lessons and involves all aspects of motorsports and the automotive industry, including teamwork, funding and marketing, design, engineering, mechanical/trade skills and driving.

Students will need to utilize what they learn through the curriculum.


  • The Soapbox Derby competition is introduced at the beginning of the BGMA program. Teams of 4 to 10 students are established and remain together throughout the semester (Roles being: Team Manager, Driver, Designers, Engineers, Mechanics, Marketing)

    • Five after-school “tech sessions” are held with BGMA staff members & volunteers to help the students with their builds, answer questions they may have, and provide mentorship through the process.


  • The BGMA Soapbox Derby race will take place at the end of the semester.