Engineering Students Help Cub Scouts with Pinewood Derby Cars

Collaboration with Yardley’s Pack 46 aims to help youngsters understand the science behind a winning wooden racecar.

Students from Bucks County Community College’s Engineering Club volunteered to help a local Cub Scout Pack with understanding the science behind an annual scout tradition – the Pinewood Derby race.

Each year, Cub Scouts craft seven-inch race cars out of blocks of wood to compete in the annual derby. In preparation, Pack 46, based in Yardley, approached the college’s department of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics for guidance.  The Engineering Club was more than happy to help out, said Assistant Professor Christine Delahanty.

“Club members brought a model roller coaster made from K’nex and a robot, as well as some other items to demonstrate for the kids,” said Delahanty. “They really wanted to make an impact on the scouts.”

About a dozen Bucks students and faculty members helped out about 50 scouts and family members with engineering demonstrations and lessons at the college on March 15. Afterward, the scouts had about a week to make any final tweaks on their designs before the pack’s official Pinewood Derby Race.

The outreach is another way that the college impacts the community, as each of the 40-plus student-run clubs and organizations at Bucks is required to perform a community service project each semester. For more information about the Engineering Club at Bucks, contact Christine Delahanty at 215-968-8240 or

Jean Dolan
Assistant Director, Public Relations