Rubber Band Racer Activity Documents

Rubber Band Racer Activity Documents

Design and engineer a vehicle that is propelled by the energy stored in rubber bands. Make it go for distance, or stop with precision. Design it to go fast, or cross difficult terrain. Rubber band racers can be easily redesigned/reconfigured, so every day you can have a different challenge.

Learn by experiencing potential and kinetic energy, simple machines, friction, elasticity and ratios. Learn how friction can help, and hurt your racer. This activity is one of our most popular.

Tools are required for 10 Packs but are optional for single kits.


Activity Videos

Activity Documents

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Go Guide:

Give it to your students and go! This is the essential document to get students started with Rubber Band Racers, and it culminates in the Long Shot Engineering Challenge. There are two versions of the Go Guide, pick based on whether you ordered the basic kit or the advanced kit (which includes extra parts).

Basic Go Guide:
PDF DOCX Videos
For the basic version of the kit.
Advanced Go Guide:
PDF DOCX Videos
For the advanced version of the kit.

Labs:

Ramp Roll Lab:
PDF DOCX Ramp Build
Discover how height effects the distancy your racer rolls, and learn about potential and kinetic energy. Ages 9+.
Energy Lab:
PDF DOCX Video Ramp Build
Explore different types of energy and how they are transformed. Ages 12+.
Atwood's Machine Lab:
Atwood's Page
Use a Half Atwood's Machine to explore Newton's 2nd Law. Requires two or more Advanced Kits. Ages 15+.
Mechanical Advantage Reference Sheet:
PDF DOCX
Guide students in exploring how gears create mechanical advantage by trading between force and distance. For use with the advanced kit, which includes gears.

Challenges:

Compete for distance, speed, or precision! See the Go Guide document for challenge instructions.

Basic Go Guide:
PDF DOCX
Challenges are included in this document for the basic version of the kit.
Advanced Go Guide:
PDF DOCX
Challenges are included in this document for the advanced version of the kit.
Engineering Notebook:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are 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. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

Other Resources:

Mechanical Advantage Reference Sheet:
PDF DOCX
Guide students in exploring how gears create mechanical advantage by trading between force and distance. For use with the advanced kit, which includes gears.
STEAM Market-It Challenge:
PDF DOCX
Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed TeacherGeek activity to teach students how to turn their TeacherGeek design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are 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. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

TeacherGeek Tools

Tools are necessary for 10-packs, but optional for singles.


Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

    Racer Components

    What comes with the Rubber Band Racer?

    Basic Kit (Single)

    Lots of parts (including extras) so you can
    make your own innovative designs!

    4x Connector Strips
    2x Tire Rubber Bands
    2x Hole Plates
    1x Slide Stop (75 mm)
    4x Wheels
    2x Stop Clips
    10x Rubber Bands
    4x Screws (#10 25mm)
    4x Nuts (#10)
    1x Dowel (150 mm)
    4x Dowels (130 mm)
    4x Dowels (100 mm)
    3x Dowels (50 mm)

    Advanced Kit (Single)

    More parts means more innovation!
    Add TeacherGeek tools to create even more creative designs.

    6x Connector Strips
    1x Mixed Gear Set (4 Gears)
    2x Tire Rubber Bands
    2x Hole Plates
    1x Slide Stop (75 mm)
    4x Wheels
    4x Stop Clips
    10x Rubber Bands
    8x Screws (#10 25mm)
    8x Nuts (#10)
    1x Dowel (150 mm)
    6x Dowels (130 mm)
    6x Dowels (100 mm)
    4x Dowels (50 mm)

    Basic Kit (10-Pack)

    Enough Basic Racers for your whole class! (up to 30 students)
    TeacherGeek tools are necessary for 10-Packs.

    40x Connector Strips
    20x Tire Rubber Bands
    20x Hole Plates
    2x Slide Stop (300 mm)
    40x Wheels
    20x Stop Clips
    100x Rubber Bands
    40x Screws (#10 25mm)
    40x Nuts (#10)
    50x Dowel (300 mm)

    Advanced Kit (10-Pack)

    So many parts - so much innovation!
    TeacherGeek tools are necessary for 10-Packs.

    60x Connector Strips
    10x Mixed Gear Sets (40 Gears)
    20x Tire Rubber Bands
    20x Hole Plates
    3x Slide Stop (300 mm)
    40x Wheels
    40x Stop Clips
    100x Rubber Bands
    80x Screws (#10 25mm)
    80x Nuts (#10)
    80x Dowels (300 mm)

    This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 6 and above with adult supervision.

      Science, Math & Engineering Standards

      TeacherGeek products fit proposals, grants or lesson plans with ease! Explore more resources below:

      NGSS Standards Spreadsheet:
      PDF DOCX
      NGSS standards matrix for all TeacherGeek activities.
      ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet:
      PDF DOCX
      ITEEA standards matrix for all TeacherGeek activities.