How Pinewood Derbies Work

Tens of millions of Scouts, and their parents, have taken standard blocks of wood and turned them into cars that zip along at up to 20 mph. Learn about the origin, physics and more of Pinewood Derbies in this episode.

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Topics in this Podcast: gravity, potential energy, Boy Scouts, science, kinetic energy