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2024 rc car registration IS SOLD OUT! WAitlist available

We will notify you ASAP if a spot becomes available. You will not be charged when adding yourself to the waitlist.

2024 rc car key dates

Orientation: Fri, Feb 2 5:30-6:30pm; Sat, Feb 3 2-3pm; or Sun, Feb 4 10-11am

Workshops: Fridays 5-7pm, Saturdays & Sundays 8:30-10:30am & 11am-1pm (Runs Feb 9-Mar 31)

Design Competition: Friday, April 5 (Reserve a slot between 3-7pm)

Race Day Competition: Saturday, April 6, 10am-2pm


$175 per team | 2-4 students per team | grades k-8

The RC Custom Car Open is an engineering and design competition for students in grades K-8, organized and led by a high school student committee. Students participate in teams of 2-4 over an 8-week period. As part of the registration fee, teams receive a complimentary membership to the Fab Lab and the opportunity to participate in weekly workshops that teach them how to design, fabricate and customize enhancements for their car!

The program culminates in a design competition and epic two-track race day where winners receive cash and scholarship prizes. Throughout the program, students build technical skills by using high-tech equipment like laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D printers and more. Collaboration and innovation allow students to develop life skills like creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking. Join us for a one-of-a-kind program you won't find anywhere else in the region!

Thank you to our generous 2023-2024 sponsors!

Deb Kabinoff Fund
Sarasota Art Museum RCAD

High Associates Ltd.


What is included in the registration fee?

The $175 registration includes:

  • Entry for 2-4 students into the competition to win cash awards and prizes!
  • One remote control car ($80 value)
  • 8 weeks of hands-on workshops
  • 2 months of membership to access the lab during open hours (for RC Car use only; $70 value per team member)
  • Unlimited learning and fun!

How does the competition work?

The program begins with an orientation where teams receive their car and detailed information about the competition. Then, the teams participate in 8 weeks of workshops and/or open lab time to customize their remote control car using Fab Lab machines and tools! The program culminates in a Design Competition on Friday, April 5 and the two-track race day competition on Saturday, April 6. Points from both the design competition and race are factored in to determine winners in various categories. The race day ends in an awards ceremony where cash awards, scholarships and other prizes are announced! Families and friends are invited to cheer on their teams at the race day extravaganza.

You will receive more details on the races and design competition at orientation.

What are the prizes?

The overall RC Car Grand Champion team receives $500. There are 1st-3rd place winners in each division (Elementary & Middle school) for three Design Competition categories as well as two race track categories. These prizes vary from cash, scholarship awards, fun admission tickets and more. 1st-3rd place winners also receive custom-made medals and trophies. There are many opportunities to win a prize, but remember, the best part of RC Car are the memories you'll make and the awesome new skills you'll learn through your time at the Fab Lab!

Who is the Team Parent?

During registration, you'll need to select a Team Parent. This is the adult who will receive all RC Car communications. Please select someone who is a rockstar at disseminating info to the team!

Do you assign teams?

We do NOT assign teams. You will need to find teammates and register together.

Does my child need to know how to use machines or have experience with RC cars?

There is NO experience required to participate in RC Car! During RC Car workshops, the team will work closely with our trained volunteers and use the machines and tools to customize their car. During open lab, staff or volunteers may be available to assist.

How many workshops can we attend and how do we sign up?

At the RC Car orientation, we will share the information on how to sign up for workshops and open lab time, as well as the total number of workshops/open lab you can sign up for throughout the 8-week period.

Do all team members have to be present at each event?

All team members are not required to attend workshops. We understand it can be difficult to coordinate multiple schedules so try your best to come together, but if a teammate can't make it, just remember to share updates with them.

At least one team member must be present for the Design Competition on April 5, but the judges appreciate when more than one teammate is in attendance.

All team members ARE required to be in attendance at the April 6 race day event.


Since its inception, the RC Car program has been designed for students, by students. Meet the 2023-2024 RC Car Executive Committee! Click here to learn more about the volunteer committee.

Senior Members: Daniel, Hailie, Mason and Presley

Junior Members: Abigail, Austin, Gemma, Hudson, Kayden, Nathan, Neil, Om, Shanthi and Vincent

2023-24 RC Car Committee group photo

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