Pushcart Derby



Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Uptown Normal – Old Amtrak Parking Lot

The Children’s Discovery Museum will partner with Illinois State University’s Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology for the first annual Pushcart Derby in Uptown Normal.

Teams of youth (3rd – 8th grade) will begin with a workshop led by ISU and Museum educators. Implementing principles of the design process and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, teams will construct unique muscle carts. Then teams will test their designs and race to the finish in the road course derby. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.
Cartoon image of a push cart with lots of bright colors.
Construction supplies will be provided. All you have to bring is your love of learning and plenty of muscle power!

If you don’t have a team of friends to join you for the fun, register individually and we will match you with other budding creators and engineers participating in the event.

Proceeds from the fundraising event will support the Museum’s mission—enabling the expansion of programs, creation of exhibits, continuation of outreach initiatives and scholarship provision for disadvantaged youth.

For more information regarding the event, team registration, or sponsorship opportunities please call 309-433-3402.

Event Schedule

8:00 - 8:30
8:30 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:00
12:30 - 1:00
Team Check In
Construction Workshop
Team Practice for Race
Lunch and Awards

Team Registration

  • Online - click here
  • Phone - call Amy Pitzer at (309) 433-3448
  • Mail - complete registration form (PDF) and mail it along with payment to the Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation, 101 E. Beaufort St., Normal, IL 61761 by May 5, 2017


Many thanks to our sponsors who are joining us in our mission and supporting the event!

Cart Sponsors

Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation Board Members
EDP Renewables – Twin Groves Wind Farm
Farnsworth Group
Gingerbread House
Dr. Harold Nord