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Age Range: 7-11
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D & T
  • Science
  • Maths

Rubber band helicopter

Make a flying rubber band powered helicopter

In this activity learners will build a working rubber band powered helicopter. They will learn about simple mechanisms using a rubber band linkage and will know how to wind up the rubber band to create stored energy, which the helicopter will use to fly.

This activity could be used as a main lesson activity, to teach learners about the factors that affect flight. It could also be used to develop practical skills in design & technology, introduce simple mechanisms, or to start a discussion on different forms of energy.

Resources required: 

  • Printed activity sheets
  • Paperclips (30mm)
  • 1 bead per pupil (6 to 8 mm)
  • Sticky tape
  • Pliers (longnose type are best)
  • Rubber bands
  • Yoghurt pot tops or other thin plastic
  • Small card tubes
  • Erasers or sticky tack
  • Skewers
  • Wire/crochet needle/ thread/fishing line to pull rubber band through the tube.

Download the free activity sheet below!

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