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.

Check out the cost savings 10 pack.

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

All the documents you need to help you where you are on your STEM journey. 

Start building and grow from there!

Get started building your Rubber Band Racer.

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

Learn about function of force and friction and its role with potential and kinetic energy.

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

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

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

Ready to challenge your knowledge of kinetic and potential energy?

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

For the Teacher

Classroom Overview - PDF
Classroom 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

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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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