Nerdy Derby @ Rogue Valley Mini Maker Faire

SATURDAY RACE TIMES: 10am, 12pm, 2pm

All cars that make it to the end of the track get a prize!

What is a Nerdy Derby?

Nerdy Derby is a miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby. You can bring a car to race, or build one onsite using recycled materials! We’ll be running Nerdy Derby build workshops at the Museum all during the month of September, as well as the day of the event.

If you would like to make a car at home and bring it to the event, you can do that here!

We need your recycled supplies for the Nerdy Derby race. Bring any of the following supplies for your car, or to help stock the Nerdy Derby construction area!

  • Anything vaguely wheel shaped (spools, washers, small lids, actual wheels from old toys, pingpong balls, slices of wooden dowels, etc.)
  • Car bodies: pieces of wood, stiff cardboard, pvc and/or cardboard tubes, anything 12″ or less
  • Decorations: pipe cleaners, construction paper, foam core, markers, googly eyes, stickers. anything to make the cars more interesting to look at.

If you have large quantities of these items and would like to donate them before the event, email us at