Rubber Band Racer

$11.98

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.

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Age Range

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18+

Customize this activity for the highlighted ages with tons of free labs and challenges!

This is an educational product and not a toy. Adult supervision is required.

Videos

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 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.

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.

Things You'll Need

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TeacherGeek Tools

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Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

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Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

optional

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

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

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Glue (optional)
  • Recycling Bin Materials (optional - for more creative designs)
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You will need to pre-cut the dowels for this activity, or your kids can cut them (with adult supervision).

TeacherGeek Tools

optional

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

REQUIRED

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

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

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Glue (optional)
  • Recycling Bin Materials (optional - for more creative designs)
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Make sure you have the right components - check the Go Guide (see above).

You will need to pre-cut the dowels for this activity, or your kids can cut them (with adult supervision).

TeacherGeek Tools

optional

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

REQUIRED

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

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

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Glue (optional)
  • Recycling Bin Materials (optional - for more creative designs)

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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NGSS Standards Spreadsheet:
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