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.
- 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
- Wire/crochet needle/ thread/fishing line to pull rubber band through the tube.
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