SCRANTON, Pa., July 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine the fun of kids learning about science and math, while building their own "soap box" style cars and racing them down a track! That is the mission of the Soap Box Derby®, an international non-profit based in Akron, Ohio. To help support the Soap Box Derby's Mini Car program, which helps get younger kids involved, Vycom and Piedmont Plastics of Akron, donated Celtec expanded PVC as a component of the cars. Vycom's Celtec expanded PVC material is lightweight, durable, and easy to work with, making it ideal for the mini cars. The cars will be given away to kids at the 78th FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby, July 25, 2015, in Akron.
"We really appreciate the support of Vycom and Piedmont Plastics, which allows us to inspire younger kids with a mini car giveaway," said Joe Mazur, president/CEO, Soap Box Derby. The cars are 1/13th scale replicas from three divisions: Stock, Super Stock and Masters, which group racers by age and experience level. Mini Cars are also being used in classrooms worldwide.
Don Hakola, Piedmont Plastics, said the Celtec material will contribute to the longevity and durability of the mini cars. "We are happy to support such an inspirational organization," he said. "The Soap Box Derby is a wonderful way for young people of all ages to learn about math and science while building confidence and having fun."
The Derby consists of three programs for ages 7 - 20: the All-American Soap Box Derby, S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math) in 350 schools worldwide, and the Derby Downs facilities. Visit www.soapboxderby.org.
About International Soap Box Derby
The International Soap Box Derby is an international non-profit organization with a mission to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition. The Derby's two youth initiatives are the All-American Soap Box Derby racing program and the STEM-based Education Program, which provides educational opportunities for K-12 youth worldwide through Soap Box Derby racing. The Derby began in 1934, when the first All-American race was held in Dayton, Ohio.
Vycom, a division of CPG International, maintains an environment where quality meets performance, with the largest range of products, capabilities and inventory for all your Olefin and PVC needs. For more information, visit http://www.vycomplastics.com.