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)
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?
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
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:|
|50 Tooth Gears||10||1||0|
|40 Tooth Gears||10||1||0|
|20 Tooth Gears||10||1||0|
|10 Tooth Gears||10||1||0|
|300mm Slide-Stop Material||3||1/3 (100mm)||2|
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