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Lesson 32: Rubber-Band Racers

DESCRIPTION
Students will build simple racing cars powered by rubber bands to learn about kinetic and potential energy.

OBJECTIVE
This lesson challenges students to create cars powered by rubber bands as they explore energy transfer, conservation of energy, and several forms of energy that exist.

CONTENT TOPICS
Energy (kinetic and potential energy)

Lesson 32: Rubber-Band Racers

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LIST OF MATERIALS

  1. All different sizes of rubber bands
  2. Wheels: wheels found at a toy or hobby store
    or wheels made out of cardboard
  3. Car body: assorted sizes of milk jugs, bottles,
    cardboard, small boxes
  4. Various materials: construction paper,
    cardboard, strong tape, glue/wood glue,
    scissors

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HYPOTHESIS

A rubber band, containing elastic potential energy, that is attached to a toy car can be used to power the car,
transforming the potential energy into kinetic energy.