Local junior high teacher Luke Bader is helping students use their minds to have some fun outside of the classroom. Under Bader’s direction, the school where he teaches, Montessori Kingdom of Learning, 13111 N 94th Dr., is preparing to host a pedal car race.
“The students will be designing and building their own pedal cars,” Bader said.
A feat which, if anyone has tried it, is not easy. Students will spend weeks designing, testing, and then decorating their cars, bringing them from the drawing board to the street.
Bader said he wants to invite West Valley residents to come out and “join us on race day.”
Admission to the event is free and open to all.
The Derby Dash will be held April 11 at Peoria Sports Complex in the east parking lot. The event and race will start at 3:30 p.m. and go until around 5 p.m.
There is no cost to come to the race as a spectator, but school organizations will be selling refreshments and T-shirts for guests.
There will be five teams comprised of a mixture of fifth through eighth grade students who all build their competing pedal cars.
Let’s just say the students can get creative with their designs for the cars. Everything from ambulances, Spartan chariots, and school buses can be seen racing by. The students even dress up in costume to keep with the theme or their team.
Trophies will go to the team that gets 1st place in the race, the team that has the most creative design of pedal car, and the team that displays the best sportsmanship before and during the race.
Bader said there will also be a pinewood derby race for the younger children from the school. The pinewood derby races will take place between heats of the pedal car race.
For more information, call 623-876-1465.