NC Gravity Games

April 29, 2023

29 April 2023

7:30am until 3pm

Teams of NC students

Competing head to head

Downtown Lenoir, NC

Running West to East on Ashe Ave.



NC Gravity Games Races Into Its 10th Running, April 29! Sign Up Now!

Racers, science-lovers and fun-seekers, take your mark! The NC Gravity Games return to downtown Lenoir on Saturday, April 29, 2023.

Every year, middle and high school teams from across the state hightail it to the Games to compete in colorful gravity-powered cars they’ve designed and built themselves.

The Games celebrate all things STEM, and include a science expo with hands-on exhibits that’ll blow your mind.

Brought to you by Google, Appalachian State University and the City of Lenoir, the NC Gravity Games are a signature event of the NC Science Festival.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the NC Gravity Games?

The NC Gravity Games competition supported by Google, Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina and the City of Lenoir. The NC Gravity Games are an educational, hands-on activity designed to get young people excited about science. The NC Gravity Games are a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival, a multi-day celebration highlighting the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state.

Who participates in the NC Gravity Games?

The NC Gravity Games are always looking for the best, brightest and speediest engineering minds in the state. More than 50 teams of middle and high school students compete each year. Adults can also participate in the “open” race category.

How can I help support the NC Gravity Games?

Encourage students in your class to compete in the NC Gravity Games. If you’ve never participated before or want to make the jump up to the engineering division, consider applying for funds from the NC Science Festival to help cover the cost of materials and transportation. 

This exciting event is a way students can take the concepts they learn inside the classroom and apply them in a fun way. What other advanced engineering challenge involves zooming at top speeds through downtown streets?

NC Gravity Games

Proudly Supported By

Appalachian State University
NC Science Festival
City of Lenoir, NC
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Queen City
NC Space Grant