Rubber Band Racer

$12.98 $10.00

Single SKU: 1822-79

10 Pack SKU: 1822-94

Advanced Single SKU: 1822-95

Advanced 10 Pack SKU: 1822-96

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.

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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)

Rubber Band Racer Activity Document Downloads

Download the Build Guide

Use the Build Guide that corresponds to your purchased set (Basic or Advanced)

Basic Build Guide - PDF
Basic Build Guide - Editable Word Document

Advanced Build Guide - PDF
Advanced Build Guide - Editable Word Document

Download the Labs Documents

After you complete the Example Racer Build, feel free to explore the optional labs. 

Forces & Friction Lab - PDF
Forces & Friction Lab - Editable Word Document

Ramp Roll Lab - PDF
Ramp Roll Lab - Editable Word Document

Download the Design & Engineering Challenges

With the optional Engineering Challenges, you can craft and improve your Rubber Band Racer for competitions.

Long Shot Challenge - PDF                    
Long Shot Challenge - 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

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                   

Download the Classroom Overview

For In the Classroom use, a brief overview of TeacherGeek Rubber Band Racer documents, activity procedure,
educational alignment standards, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources.

Overview - PDF
Overview - Editable Word Document


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    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) 


    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

    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