Nerdy Derby Denver is coming to Loveland's NoCo Mini Maker Faire, October 5, 2013. Nerdy Derby is an all-ages, non-regulation miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby and the first ever Nerdy Derby in NYC. With a larger, more undulating track and no restrictions on the size of the cars (as long as they fit on the track) or materials participants can use (as long as they are safe), the Nerdy Derby rewards creativity, cleverness and ingenuity.

Our second Nerdy Derby in Colorado will take place at the Rocky Mountain Center for Innovation and Technology, Saturday, October 5, 2013 as part of the first ever NoCo Mini Maker Faire. Racers can bring cars of their own design or build a car on site in our garage.

Drop-off and registration begins at 10:00am and runs until 3:00pm. Head-to-head races begin at 11:00am and run until 4:00pm.

This free event is organized by Metropolitan State University of Denver Art Department faculty and students with support provided by NoCo Mini Maker Faire. We have been building the track, wiring up electronics, sensors, and yes even lasers, and will be perfecting our own creations for race day.

the track

Our track is designed to accommodate cars of the standard Pinewood Derby dimensions, however, as long as the car fits in the lane you are encouraged to be creative, using whatever materials you choose. The track will be approximately 40 feet long with two lanes for head-to-head racing.

There is a 1 pound weight limit for all cars.

On race day, participants will be organized into pairs for head-to-head racing down our double lane track. The best time out of two races will be recorded and racers will be added to the leader board according to their times. The winners will be announced at the end of the day—if you can't stick around the entire race, that's okay, we will notify all the winners by email.

the awards

To inspire certain kinds of creativity, we will be doling out awards in the following categories.

Overall winner
This racer has advanced through the leader board to end up on top as the overall winner of the race.
Most nerdy
This racer has been voted the nerdiest, most flashy, or most wickedly smart car of the race.
Captain Slow
This racer is the epitomy of slow and steady, being the slowest car to finish the race.

contact us

For more information, direct inquiries to Brian Evans, Assistant Professor, MSU Denver.