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Rubber Band Racer

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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 a 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.

Rubber Band Racer Educational Goals

  • Utilize the design and engineering process
  • Encourage creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
  • Learn about kinetic and potential energy
  • Observe elasticity and friction as it applies to speed and force
  • Apply the scientific method
  • Innovate (design, build and evolve you own unique racer)

Documents for

Completing the

Rubber Band Racer Activity

(Ages 7-11)

For ages 12 and up, click here

Choose how you want to complete the Rubber Band Racer Activity, then download the documents you'll need.

  • Choice #1 Without Labs: Go straight from the Build Guide to the Engineering Challenges, skipping the Optional Labs. This option works well when you’re doing the activity outside of a classroom, in a maker space, as a self-directed activity, or just for fun.
  • Choice #2 With Labs: Start with the Build Guide. As you build the Racer, Optional Labs are available along the way to help you understand force and friction. With this choice, you can apply the knowledge of friction and forces to the Engineering Challenges. This option works well when you want to teach this activity to a class or during a class visit to a maker space.

MS Word or PDF - Which document format should you download? Always download the PDF document, unless you want to edit/change it. If you want to edit/change the document, download the MS Word (Microsoft Word) version.

     Build Guide     

Start by creating an example rubber band racer using the Build Guide. This will be a great design to get you started. You’ll start to create your own amazing designs during the engineering challenges.

     Optional Labs     

Force, Friction and Energy! Oh my! If you want to know more, download and complete one or more of the following labs. If not, move on to the Engineering Challenges.

  • Forces & Friction Lab: PDF or MS Word -Learn about forces and how they affect objects. (Suggested Grade Levels: 2-4)
  • Sled Race: PDF or MS Word -Create a sled that will slide down a ramp and travel the farthest. (Suggested Grade Levels: 2-4)
  • Ramp Roll Lab: PDF or MS Word -Discover how height affects the distance your car rolls (Suggested Grade Levels: 2-4)

     Engineering Challenges     

It’s time to redesign your example rubber band racer to compete in one or more engineering challenges. Use these challenges to solve design problems and improve your prototype.

  • Long Shot Challenge: PDF or MS Word -Send your car farther than the competition.
  • Sprint Challenge: PDF or MS Word -Design your racer to be the fastest.
  • Target Challenge: PDF or MS Word -How close can you get to the bulls-eye? Test your ability to adjust speed and direction.
  • Egg Press Challenge: PDF or MS Word --- Using your rubber band racer, ferry an egg from Target A to Target B without cracking it.
  • Apollo 13 Challenge: PDF or MS Word --- In 1970, three astronauts launched for the moon in a tiny Apollo CSM capsule. They never landed. Investigate the causes, and possible remedies.

     Optional Resources     

Mission to Mars Rescue!
  • Optional Scenario: Mission to Mars: Download the PowerPoint Presentation -Imagine you’re one of the first astronauts headed to mars. But first you must build your vehicle to maneuver the many challenges you will find along the way. Use the following scenario PowerPoint Presentation along with the Build Guide, Long Shot, Sprint, and Target Challenges to help you survive and solve problems as you explore Mars.
  • Mars Rescue Mission Brief: PDF or MS Word -- Details on the challenging conditions you will encounter on Mars.

 

 

 

STEAM Market-It Challenge

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.

Other Useful Resources

  • Classroom Overview: PDF --A brief overview of TeacherGeek Rubber Band Racer documents, activity procedure, educational alignment standards, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.
  • Printable Ruler: If you need to make measurements quickly. PDF

Documents for

Completing the

Rubber Band Racer Activity

(Ages 12 and Up)

For ages 7-11, click here

If you are working with older kids (ages 12 and above), start with the Build Guide, then move onto the Engineering Challenges.

MS Word or PDF - Which document format should you download? Always download the PDF document, unless you want to edit/change it. If you want to edit/change the document, download the MS Word (Microsoft Word) version.

     Build Guide     

Start by creating an example rubber band racer using the Build Guide. This will be a great design to get you started. You’ll start to create your own amazing designs during the engineering challenges.

     Engineering Challenges     

It’s time to redesign your example rubber band racer to compete in one or more engineering challenges. Use these challenges to solve design problems and improve your prototype.

  • Long Shot Challenge: PDF or MS Word -Send your car farther than the competition.
  • Sprint Challenge: PDF or MS Word -Design your racer to be the fastest.
  • Target Challenge: PDF or MS Word -How close can you get to the bulls-eye? Test your ability to adjust speed and direction.
  • Egg Press Challenge: PDF or MS Word --- Using your rubber band racer, ferry an egg from Target A to Target B without cracking it.
  • Apollo 13 Challenge: PDF or MS Word --- In 1970, three astronauts launched for the moon in a tiny Apollo CSM capsule. They never landed. Investigate the causes, and possible remedies.

     Optional Resources     

Mission to Mars Rescue!
  • Optional Scenario: Mission to Mars: Download the PowerPoint Presentation -Imagine you’re one of the first astronauts headed to mars. But first you must build your vehicle to maneuver the many challenges you will find along the way. Use the following scenario PowerPoint Presentation along with the Build Guide, Long Shot, Sprint, and Target Challenges to help you survive and solve problems as you explore Mars.
  • Mars Rescue Mission Brief: PDF or MS Word -- Details on the challenging conditions you will encounter on Mars.

Other Useful Resources

  • Classroom Overview: PDF --A brief overview of TeacherGeek Rubber Band Racer documents, activity procedure, educational alignment standards, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.
  • Printable Ruler: If you need to make measurements quickly. PDF

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TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

What tools will you need to do this activity?

Process

Process Description

Recommended Tool 

Alternate Tool

Cutting

Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.

Multi-Cutter

Saw, Pruning Shears

Reaming

Change splined holes in components from press fit (dowels press and stay) to loose fit (dowels are able to slide and rotate).

Reamer

#3 Drill Bit and Drill

Screwing

Tighten and loosen screws

Screwdriver

None

Holding and Pulling

Hold nuts, pull apart components

Pliers (Optional) 

None

Sets of tools can be found here.
 

Make your Rubber Band Racer even better by incorporating recycling bin material.

Rubber Band Racer Components

What's in the Rubber Band Racer Activity?

Component: Adv 10pk Quantity: Adv Single Quantity: 10pk Quantity:
Connector Strips 60 6 40
50 Tooth Gears 10 1 0
40 Tooth Gears 10 1 0
20 Tooth Gears 10 1 0
10 Tooth Gears 10 1 0
Tires 20 2 20
Hole Plates 20 2 20
300mm Slide-Stop Material 3 1/3 (100mm) 2
Wheels 40 4 40
Stop Clips 40 4 20
Rubber Bands 100 10 100
1" Screws 40 4 40
Hex Nuts 40 4 40
Dowels 80 8 50

 

This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 7 and above with adult supervision. 

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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