Last day to register to build and race at West Columbia’s Kinetic Derby Day is Sunday, April 14

The City of West Columbia is gearing up for the award-winning 5th Annual Kinetic Derby Day featuring iMAGINE on April 20, from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM, on State and Meeting Streets, in West Columbia. Registration for racing and the parade closes on Sunday, April 14, at midnight.

The Kinetic Sculpture Parade kicks off the day and will feature participants dressed as their favorite cartoon characters (this year’s them). The soapbox and obstacle course racing begins at 11 AM. State Street transforms into the iMAGINE STEAM Festival, with over 30 interactive booths for adults and children. The day includes competition and fun for all ages as teams construct unique vehicles and art installations. Register for the parade, racing, and volunteering at www.kineticderbyday.com

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  • Kinetic Sculpture Parade – 10:30 AM – Meeting Street

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What is a Kinetic Sculpture?

It is a human-powered vehicle, gear-based with no stored energy, motors, or electricity, designed to reflect your interpretation of the yearly theme (2024 is Cartoon). Bring your imagination to life and travel through the parade route in the heart of the River District in West Columbia. A panel of judges will award the most inventive entries with trophies in a variety of categories. Your sculpture can travel as an individual or a team (a team can include multiple members on a pedal-powered sculpture with themed costumes or multiple escorts in costume riding or walking along with a sculpture that includes kinetic movement).

iMAGINE STEAM Festival – State Street

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The iMAGINE STEAM Festival on State Street showcases interactive exhibits, emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) to engage Pre-K through 12th-grade students and families in STEAM subjects and careers. This festival is a dynamic street fair that showcases hands-on learning exhibits provided by companies, schools, and nonprofits, all aimed at making STEAM subjects come alive for families. Explore interactive exhibits, conduct fun experiments, and get hands-on with the latest in STEAM education. It is a unique opportunity for families to engage with the worlds of science, technology, art, engineering, and math in a fun and exciting way.

  • The Kids’ Zone, presented by the Boys and Girls Club – State Street
  • Bounce House
  • Obstacle Course
  • Host to exhibition soapbox racing for the little ones
  • Face Painting and more!
  • Meeting Street Artisan Market – Interactive Art Park
  • Over 20 vendors showcasing and selling handmade art, crafts, and creations.
  • Giant Slide, Food Truck Rally, & Chalk Artists – Corner of Meeting and State Streets
  • FREE giant slide for all ages.
  • Multiple food trucks with a diverse selection to satisfy all appetites.
  • Multiple chalk artists create temporary art on the street. Interact with the artists as they finish their masterpieces.
  • Soapbox and Obstacle Racing – 11 AM & 1:30 PM – Meeting Street

Experience the ultimate Kinetic Derby Day in West Columbia, SC, by participating in both the soapbox derby race and the exhilarating obstacle course. The soapbox racing kicks off at 11 AM, allowing teams of up to 5 to register their derby cars. Choose to build either an art car or a need-for-speed car, and compete for exciting prizes while embracing the cartoon theme by dressing up as your favorite character. Enjoy an exhilarating soapbox race down a massive hill, featuring outrageous vehicles like rocket ships and giant rubber ducks, reminiscent of the “Little Rascals.” Then, at 1:30 PM, gear up for the obstacle course, a solo showdown of speed and precision open to participants aged 13 and older. Equip your soapbox car with pedals to conquer challenges like the “Green Slime,” “Foam Surprise,” and the thrilling “Water Obstacle.” It’s a day filled with skill, creativity, daring, and unforgettable experiences!

For more details, volunteering, team registration, or sponsorship, visit www.kineticderbyday.com.

Thank You to Our Sponsors & Partners

  • TNT Martial Arts & Fitness
  • House of Raeford
  • Aflac
  • The Carolina Law Group
  • Cayce’s Best After School and Summer Camp
  • Dynamite Kids After School and Summer Camp
  • NAI Columbia
  • The Sourcing Group
  • First Community Bank
  • Security Federal Bank
  • Professional Printers
  • Savage Craft Ale Works
  • Ds Wings
  • WXRY 99.3 FM
  • Whetzel’s Automotive
  • Giles Brothers Insurance
  • Something Borrowed Wedding & Party Rentals
  • Faithful Marketing & Events
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands
  • Brookland United Methodist Church
  • The Graphics Source

About Kinetic Derby Day

The mission of Kinetic Derby Day is to inspire creative problem-solving, build community pride, and showcase our growing community welcoming economic investment. The event is intended to inspire creative thinkers and help develop problem-solving skills to construct the ideas imagined. For more information, visit www.kineticderbyday.com.


iMAGINE is a program of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics & Science (SCCMS) at Clemson University. Its mission is to create meaningful experiences that promote a culture of lifelong learning and professional growth with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM), innovation, and entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina. For more information visit https://www.imaginesteamsc.org/ or contact Dallas Thomas at [email protected].

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