Rubber Band Racer Activity Documents
Rubber Band Racer Activity Document Downloads
Ready, Steady, Go! Use the energy stored in rubber bands to power and propel your very own Rubber Band Racer. One of our most popular activities, these racers are excellent for elementary and secondary age groups. Build your own Rubber Band Racer, then explore the difference between potential and kinetic energy, simple machines, friction, elasticity and ratios in our optional labs, worksheets and engineering challenges.
This build guide has everything you need to construct an example Rubber Band Racer, along with your own designs through the Engineering Process. Perfect for libraries, boy and girl scouts, science fairs, kitchen table, maker fairs and after-school use.
Basic Build Guide - PDF
Basic Build Guide - Editable Word Document
Advanced Build Guide - PDF
Advanced Build Guide - Editable Word Document
Long Shot Challenge - PDF
Long Shot Challenge - Editable Word Document
Forces & Friction Lab - PDF
Forces & Friction Lab - Editable Word Document
Ramp Roll Lab - PDF
Ramp Roll Lab - Editable Word Document
Sled Race Challenge - PDF
Sled Race Challenge - Editable Word Document
Sprint Challenge - PDF
Sprint Challenge - Editable Word Document
Target Challenge - PDF
Target Challenge - Editable Word Document
Download the Immersive Challenge PresentationImmerse yourself in an Engineering Challenge inspired by NASA's Mars Rover expeditions and design scenarios. Your racer is a Mars Rover, attempting to successfully land, navigate and transport specimens on the alien planet's surface.
Mars Rescue Mission - PowerPoint Presentation
Download the Classroom Overview
Brief classroom overview for teachers and educators about the TeacherGeek Rubber Band Racer documents, activity procedure, educational alignment standards, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.
Download the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook
Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook is designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. It is recommended that extra pages are printed and on-hand during activities.
Example Wind Lift Engineering Notebook
Example Wind Lift Engineering Notebook Pages
Other useful resources:
TeacherGeek Quick Start Guide
Guide for using TeacherGeek products
See how your Rubber Band Racer measures up
When using a lever arm design, use this to find the angle
Science & Math Standards
TeacherGeek products fit proposals, grants or lesson plans with ease! Explore more resources below:Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download - PDF
NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet
International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet