The Rubber Band Racer Activity creates a way
to build, race and reengineer a vehicle while at the same time apply the science
concepts of energy, simple machines and friction. Your racer can be designed and
redesigned as much as you like to achieve the desired results.
Kids, Adults... Young, Old... We all have shot rubber
bands into the air. Now let's use the stored energy in a stretched rubber band
to make a vehicle move. When you build, race and reengineer a Rubber Band Racer
you will work with core science concepts like potential and kinetic energy,
simple machines, friction, elasticity and ratios. You will acquire and apply a
deeper understanding of wheels and axles You will reinforce how the coefficient
of friction can help or hinder the performance of your vehicle. This activity
truly merges stem concepts. TeacherGeek components allow you to design and
redesign as much as you like. As you choose various outcomes such as speed or
duration, you can reengineer your vehicle to meet your needs. These very
affordable racers appeal to all ages. The versatility of design makes them fun
to build play with and race.
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Study the effects of changing the race
surface. (tile, carpet, wood etc.)
Experiment with increasing
wheel diameter by attaching round pieces of found material.
Try varying the rubber band sizes and
observe the effects.