The NC Gravity Games return to downtown Lenoir on Saturday, April 13. If you love racing, science, tech demos, cheering crowds and plenty more action, make your plans to join the fun!
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13 April 2019

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


NC Gravity Games is a signature event of the NC Science Festival. It features a gravity-powered race and a STEM expo designed to get students revved up about science and engineering. Sponsors include Google, Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina and the City of Lenoir. Photos of previous Games here. 

Teams ranging from school groups to Cub Scout troops use their engineering skills to develop the fastest and the coolest cars as the fans cheer. 

In addition to the race, the first Feet off the Street festival will take place simultaneously and will feature bungee jumps, an inflatable obstacle course, a NASCAR simulator, hands-on exhibits on science street food and fun for the whole family!

For more information about the NC Gravity Games, please email contact@ncgravitygames.com

  • Event dates: Saturday, April 13 
  • Event times: 8:30am-3pm
  • Admission/Registration: FREE!
  • Venue: Downtown Lenoir

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?

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