For the Space Derby, Scouts will build balsawood rockets that fly on a wire track. The rockets are powered by rubber band driven propellers as they fly along the track at high speed!
Space Derby Rules - These are the full, official rules of our race! Below is an overview of how the race is run.
Our Space Derby is run with each rocket racing once on each of the four tracks. Leaders will wind each rocket's propeller 100 times and load them on the track.
Rockets will earn points for their finish position in each race: 4pts for 1st place, 3pts for 2nd place, 2pts for 3rd place, and 1pt for 4th place. Rockets do not need to reach the end to score points, but rockets that make it closer to the end will place higher than rockets further back.
After each rocket has raced four times rockets will receive a score based on the sum of all four of ther races. The top four rockets will then race one final time in randomly determined lanes to determine a winner.
Space Derby 101 - These tips will help you build a great Space Derby rocket!
There are a lot of construction tips and instructions in the Space Derby 101 file, however be sure to keep these most important points in mind while you build your rocket: