Let’s Make DIY rubber powered car !
Making a rubber powered car is a fun craft project and an educational experiment that can be done in home. So let us begin and make this homestay fun and productive.
- Paper template
- Food Stick and Hook
- Alligator clip
- Masking tape
- Rubber Band Chain
What to do next?
You can follow these simple steps to make your rubber powered car.
Fold the edges of the paper template to form a box-like structure.
Insert one food stick into the small piece of hook.
Insert the food stick with a hook into the paper box. And attach the box using a masking tape.
Insert the food sticks and wheels to make a car.
Note: You can use tapes to make the wheels more stable
Attach an alligator clip onto the other side of the box.
Insert the rubber band chain on the hook first and rotate the wheel. Now put the other end of a rubber band on the alligator clip.
Now time for Science
When you wind up the car’s axle you stretch the rubber band and store potential energy. When you release it the rubber band starts to unwind, and the potential energy is converted to kinetic energy as the car is propelled forward. The more you stretch the rubber band, the more potential energy is stored, and the farther and faster the car should go.
That all sounds great in theory—but in practice, you might have found it difficult. Several things can prevent your car from working well. If the wheels are not aligned properly, they can wobble or jam and prevent the car from rolling smoothly. The rubber band can slip relative to the wooden axle, preventing the wheels from spinning. Even if the wheels do spin, there might not be enough friction with the ground, causing them to spin in place without moving the car.