FEBRUARY 10, 1997
Lunch Box Derby
Fourth and fifth graders across the nation will learn the benefits of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables in the Lunch Box Derby, a program challenging students to design, build, and race model cars made of fruits and vegetables.
Rules for the contest, sponsored by the Washington Apple Commission, are as follows: students divide into groups of four and design their fruit and vegetable vehicle on paper, with the teacher slicing the food to make the necessary parts. The cars can be assembled using only three bamboo skewers, four toothpicks, and a rubber band to hold it together. Teams then place their cars at the top of an eight-foot ramp and let them coast. The vehicle traveling the greatest distance takes the checkered flag.
Teachers can receive a free sign-up package by calling 509-663-9600. Derby information can also be accessed through a new interactive website at http://www.lunchbox.org.