Teachers Rule
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We want to thank everyone who came out to see us last month at Worlds Fair Nano and Maker Faire — especially all of the teachers who geeked out on RaceYa and what we're trying to do.

After chatting with so many of you and hearing your ideas for how you would use RaceYa in the classroom, we stared off into the distance and thought, If only there was a way to get them all in one room and tap into that collective awesomeness! 

Oh, wait — there is!


Thanks to the overwhelming response to our proposal for a curriculum hackathon, we've set a date — Saturday, November 18 — and we're lining up a space in Manhattan. Stay tuned for details on time and location.

Are you an educator? Are you looking for a chance to spend the day racing cars, eating snacks and brainstorming ways to bring fun — and fast — STEM projects into your classroom?



All STEM all the time!  
Are you looking for even more things to design, build, launch, or hack?
 Check out these awesome programs and resources:

A resource from Change the Equation for finding and
investing in leading STEM education programs

A roundup of low-cost STEM activities and curriculum
developed for and tested in afterschool settings

A searchable consumer guide for resources and programs

We know there are tons more...let us know about
your favorite afterschool resources and programs!

Please try this at home.

It's officially mid October, so we're legally allowed to get Halloweeny.

Alex Nickel, the clever and charming host of Technicality, has some fun home experiments that go way beyond slime, featuring dry ice and cameos from Physics Girl...and Daveed Diggs!


Abigail and Team RaceYa

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The Future Belongs to Makers

We demoed our factory-fresh prototype cars last month at Worlds Fair Nano and World Maker Faire. It was so great to see all the cool stuff and friendly faces. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us!

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The future is ours to make.

Whether it's toy cars, bionic prosthetics, insect chips, or LED dog vests, we love how Worlds Fair Nano, Maker Faire, and other science and tech happenings bring so many beautiful dreamers together in one place.

Here's to the makers out there making the future by making cool stuff... 
...whether it's a plastic-bottle car with a battery-powered propellor...

...or this ambitious project to make a remote-control car fly through an exhaustive — and fun to watch! — process of trials and errors (and more trials and errors) and ultimate success.

It goes to show that things rarely work out on the first try.
And even if they did, where's the fun in that?

Please try this at home.

Not sure how to get started? Build-a-Toy Workshop is a project for maker sprouts to learn the basics of engineering, like electrical circuitry, by building prototype toys with motors and movable parts.

Pass the popsicle sticks....


Abigail and Team RaceYa

P.S.  Know anyone with a need for speed?  Share us!

Ooohs and Aaaahhs

This week at RaceYa, we're celebrating the explosive ideas that make our July 4th festivities possible.

Of course the 4th is about independence from monarchy, but we're in it for the amazing Explosions! In fact - if the car you ride in uses gasoline, then you are sitting on a wave of hundreds of explosions per minute! 

The internal combustion engine uses tiny explosions to push down apiston >  which moves the crank shaft > which moves the wheels. The faster the wheels, the faster the crank, the more explosions needed!

So, when you're off to your BBQs this summer, think of Margaret Knight.
Not only did she invent the paper bag you're carrying your hot dogs in, but she also invented a way to make combustion engines quieter. 

Now - on to the Fireworks!

Field Guide to Fireworks

Improve your fireworks vocabulary with this primer from one of the fireworks designers at Macy's.

An explosive history.

More than 1,000 years ago, a Chinese monk named Li-Tian filled a bamboo tube with gunpowder and threw it into a fire. The rest is history.

The Chemistry of Fireworks

One part oxidizer. One part fuel. One part color. See how it all comes together in a symphony of light and sound.

Please try this at home.

 Safer, but still satisfyingly pop-y, the folks at Playdough to Plato use Alka-Seltzer to fuel these mini rockets.

And finally, we'll be at the World's Fair this September 16th-17th in NYC! 
Come on over and say Hello!


Abigail and Team RaceYa

P.S.  Know anyone with a need for speed?  Share us!

My Ride My Rules

Crazy tires. Rad suspension. GLITTER.
Cars are the ultimate vehicle
for customization.

Watch us bring the bling to GMA! Heather Cabot (co-author of Geek Girl Rising) called RaceYa one of the four Smartest Gadgets for Girls on the May 29 edition of Good Morning America.  In case you missed it, see the clip here!

"The point is, you can customize the cars to fit your personality." 

Where to start?  

A few weeks back we talked a lot about springs and how they made your ride smoother. But what if the goalis to make everyday like riding at the way-way back of the school bus? These amazing cars use hydraulics to make their cars jump, bounce and even dance.

Though she be but little she is fierce. 

You know how the kid with the ride-on power-wheels car is always the envy of the neighborhood? Well it turns out that envy never goes away. It just grows up, gets a new motor, a bigger battery and maybe some new tires. Check out power-wheels racing at a Maker Faire near you. 

Go big or go home. 

Have you ever tried to get into the wrong car in a parking lot because they all look the same? Not gonna happen with one of these Art Cars. We've even seen a few of these driving around NYC!

Please try this at home.

Grab some paint, a few toy cars and a very large piece of paper for a totally different take on the art car. The artful folks over atLearn~Play~Imagine have a few tips.

No matter what - always let your flair shine through.

Abigail and Team RaceYa

P.S.  Know anyone with a need for speed?  Share us!

Happy Sally Ride Day!

In 1983 Sally Ride blasted through barriers as the first American woman to go to space.

So how did she get there?

Sally was pretty sure she was going to be a tennis player when she grew up. Then she caught the science bug. The rest is history. 

Would you qualify

Check out some of NASA's requirements. Or find out what it's like out there from Jerry Carr, who spent over 2000 hours in space.

It's not rocket science.

Want to know how rockets work? The basic principle is just Newton's third law. The folks at Veritasium  explain.

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Baking soda rockets are where chemistry meets trajectory, so give yourself some room to zoom. 

Today there are loads of amazing women in the space program. So if you want to be an astronaut, just set your sights as high as Sally did.


Abigail and Team RaceYa