Start your engines! The NC Gravity Games returns bigger and better than ever on April 28, 2018. Will your team take the checkered flag this year?! Registration is now open!
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28 April 2018

8:30am until...

Teams of NC students

Competing head to head

Downtown Lenoir, NC

Running West to East on Ashe Ave.

Sponsored by

Appalachian State University
NC Science Festival
City of Lenoir, NC
UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center


In 2017, we celebrated our largest Gravity Games ever welcoming more than 80 teams from across the state and 5,000 attendees to watch the gravity powered racing competition and visit our gigantic science expo. We expect 2018 to be an equally amazing year for our teams and our community!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the NC Gravity Games?

The NC Gravity Games competition sponsored 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 30 teams of middle and high school students have participated in past events. 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. ASU professors have developed a curriculum that can support STEM lesson plans. Find it and other helpful resources at www.ncgravitygames.com.

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