Chukchi Borderland Project

Daily Updates from

our Teacher at Sea


September 7

Pinewood Derby Race Day

  Everyone is excited to see who will cross the finish line first.  You can see it on their faces, 

"Can I beat that car or that car?" 
"That car is more muscular than my car." 
"I wish I had thought of that!" 
"That's Cool!" 

  Some cars had headlights, some had taillights, one was a dump truck, one was a ship, and one only had two tires.  As you can see from the pictures, the creativity has been flowing the last two weeks on this ship. 

The Master Blasters

The Competition
Speed Race:

Fastest Car wins 50%, Second Fastest Car wins 30%, Third Fastest Car wins 20% of the registration monies for credit at the ship's store.  (Registration fee was $5 per team.)


Prizes will also be awarded for the following categories:

*Best in Show 
*Most Unusual 
*People's Choice


Team Freon

Advet Racing Inc.

Alco Racing

The Rules:

1.  Width:  Overall width shall not exceed 2-3/4". 

2.  Length:  Overall length shall not exceed 7". 

3.  Weight:  Finished car cannot weigh more than 5 ounces.  The weight shown on the Official Race Scale is final.  All car parts and materials must be firmly attached. 

4.  Wheels and Axles:  You can polish the axles.  You may lightly sand the wheels to remove the molding seam on the thread.  No other wheel changes are allowed.  Washers and bushings are prohibited. 

5.  Lubrication:  Use dry powdered graphite ONLY.  You may not use any other lubricant, especially oils and silicone sprays.  NO graphite may be applied after car weighed in. 

6.  Springing:  The car shall not ride on any type of springs. 

7.  Details:  Details such as steering wheel, driver, decals, painting, or interior detail are permissible as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width, and height specifications. 

8.  Attachments:  The car must be freewheeling with no starting devices (ie: spring loaded motion).


Baby Got Back

B. H. Racing
B. K. Precision Engineering


The Blue Team

Dirt Dogs

Fox Carter Racing


Checking out the competition.


Got Wood


Polar Star Power and Light


The Starting Line.

The Finish Line.


PSCers Scram-Jet

Team Scripps

Tano Ninjas


The Untouchables

Tony Clifton Inc.

W. K. Racing


WRC Racing

Cast your vote...and the winner is...



Team Freon!  ...for Most Unusual *and* 
Peoples' Choice.  They weren't the
fastest on land, however.

Team Scripps taking in the excitement of race day.


Scrammy versus Fox Carter Racing.

Keanewrexxage ahead of Team Scripps
by a nose...

Cheetah versus Longevity.


And in First Place...built for speed...ahead of all others...

Team ALCO !!!