Family Night Out
Written by Jason Kramme
“What makes the best axel?”
“How does friction affect the speed of a wheel?”
“How does the shape of a car change how fast it can go?”
“How does weight affect the performance of my pinewood derby car?”
These are just a few of the questions that we’ll be answering in our “Race to the Derby” family engineering challenges this summer. Starting on Tuesday, June 13 at 5:30pm, families with kids in elementary school are invited to come for a weekly community meal, family engineering challenge, and food assistance at Family Night Out.
Similar to our “Summer Loaves” program that we hosted last summer, the purpose of Family Night Out is to create community, address summer hunger, and provide kids and their families with access to quality educational activities. This summer we are focusing our activity time (6 -7:00pm) on family engineering challenges that use car-themed projects to teach kids how to design solutions to engineering problems.
At the end of the summer, we’ll take what we have learned and apply it to the design and build of a pinewood derby car that we will race on our final meeting in August. This program is open to families with kids in elementary school and you do not need to be a Prince of Peace member to register. As you can imagine, we need plenty of volunteers to make these evenings happen. Specifically, in our activity time, we need people to serve as “table leaders” who help families work through their engineering challenge. This is an opportunity that would be great for teens interested in robotics and science, adults who miss playing with tinker toys, and anyone who just loves to solve problems! We would love for you to check out our volunteer page and sign up for a night that works for you. If you want to participate as a family, please go to the registration page and reserve your space now!
As always, thank you for your continued support of our ministry to our community!