Rubber Band Racer Activity Documents

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. 

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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 (Grades 2-6) - PDF
Advanced Build Guide (Grades 2-6) - Editable Word Document
With the optional Engineering Challenges, you can craft and improve your Rubber Band Racer. Design, build, test and evolve different racer configurations to compete and observe. Remember, in design, you are never truly done - there is always a better solution!

Long Shot Challenge - PDF                    
Long Shot Challenge - Editable Word Document


After you complete the Example Racer Build, feel free to explore the optional labs. Learn about the impact of force and friction on your racer, or use your graphing skills in the Ramp Roll Lab.

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
Egg-Press Lane Challenge - PDF 
Egg-Press Lane Challenge - Editable Word Document 

Download the Immersive Challenge Presentation

Immerse 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 



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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.

Classroom Overview - PDF
Classroom Overview - Editable Word Document



Engineering Notebook

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.

Simple Engineering Notebook - PDF
Engineering Notebook - PDF

Example Wind Lift Engineering Notebook
Example Wind Lift Engineering Notebook Pages


Other useful resources:

TeacherGeek Quick Start Guide
Guide for using TeacherGeek products

Printable Ruler
See how your Rubber Band Racer measures up

Printable Protractor
When using a lever arm design, use this to find the angle

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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