What is the RC Car Custom Open?
The Remote Control (RC) Custom Car Open is the Suncoast Science Center’s premier community event established by a high school student committee in 2016. Students in grades K-12 participate in the program on teams of 2-4 students. Through six-weeks of hands on workshops using Fab Lab equipment and resources, they design and customize a remote control car. On race day, teams will showcase their hard work and compete in three challenge areas for prizes that include cash and scholarships.
Why is it important?
In order to prepare the next generation for success in a rapidly-changing workplace and world, we must equip them with skills beyond just those taught in school. Through six-weeks of hands on learning, teamwork and even a few challenges along the way, RC Car students build important 21st century soft skills including collaboration, creativity, problem-solving and critical-thinking. Additionally, they learn technical skills by operating high-tech equipment available through the Fab Lab including a laser cutter, CNC mill, 3D printer and vinyl cutter.
By planning the entire event—including selecting the annual theme, creating sub-committees, developing and leading student workshops and more—The RC Car high school committee members build confidence and develop leadership skills that will help them succeed in college, careers and life.
Before registering, you must commit to:
- Full team being present at Race Day (March 7, 2020)
- RC Car orientation: This includes your car pick-up, theme reveal and FAQs! Orientation dates: Jan 17 5:30-6:30pm, Jan 18 10-11am or Jan 19 10-11am.
- Designating a team parent/leader
- Workshop participation: To maximize your RC Car experience, you should attend each unique workshop.
Are you a 2020 RC Car participant looking for the RC Car site? Please click here.