Air Racer Activity


Single SKU: 1824-66

10 Pack SKU: 1824-76


Send this racer flying with an electric motor and propeller. Design it for speed by designing the frame and propeller blades. Learn through experimentation. Evolve it using the Design & Engineering Process. This activity requires materials from the recycling bin to create the propeller blades. 

Air Racer Educational Goals

  • Utilize the design and engineering process
  • Encourage creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
  • Learn about electricity, blade angle, and propeller design
  • Apply the scientific method
  • Innovate (design, build and evolve your own unique design)

Air Racer Activity Document Downloads

Air Racer Build Guide

Download the Air Racer Build Guide

Start by building the example Air Racer and learn the basics, then take your design to the next level and create your own unique design. Make it go faster, farther, by changing blade shape, size, and material. Use materials from the recycling bin to make the blades. 

Air Racer Build Guide - PDF
Air Racer Build Guide - Editable Word Document



Electromagnet For Fun Build Guide

Download the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook

Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook is designed to help students cycle thru 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



Other useful resources:

TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

What tools will you need to do this activity?


Process Description

Recommended Tool 

Alternate Tool


Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.


Saw, Pruning Shears


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


#3 Drill Bit and Drill


Tighten and loosen screws



Holding and Pulling

Hold nuts, pull apart components

Pliers (optional)


Hammering and Tapping

Tap components through holes

Hammer (optional)



Sets of tools can be found here.

Additional Supplies Needed to Build an Air Racer: This activity requires AA batteries, tape, scissors, safety goggles, and recycling material.

Make your Air Racer propeller with recycling bin material.

Air Racer Components

What's in the Air Racer Activity?

Component: 10pk Quantity: Single Quantity:
Dowels 30 3
Perpendicular Blocks 20 2
1" Screws 20 2
Hex Nuts 20 2
Motor Mount(s) 10 1
1.5-3V Motor(s) 10 1
Connector Strips 30 3
3in Slide Stop 10 1
Zip Ties 40 4
Wooden Wheels 30 3
Battery Holder(s) (2 AA)
w/ Switch & Leads
10 1
Mini Motor Hub Cover(s) 10 1
Mini Motor Hub Base(s) 10 1
Hub Screw(s) 10 1
Toothpicks 100 10

This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 9 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