Middle schoolers have been working all week planning, designing and building soap box derby carts to race in the first annual Pacific Ridge Firebird Derby. The seventh and eighth graders have been split into 15 groups to race in time trials tomorrow. The exercise taught students how to successfully work in teams to accomplish a series of complex goals. They graded themselves daily on teamwork and then used those points to purchase pieces for their derby carts. Each group made a mini-documentary for the process and a commercial highlighting a Middle School Service Learning group.