Rubber Band Vehicle Design Challenge

In this challenge, you will be asked to Brainstorm, Research, Design, Prototype, and Test a vehicle that is powered only by the potential energy in a wound or elongated rubber band.


Document ALL steps of the design process in your Engineering Journal.

Your vehicle must be designed to do ONE of the following:

  1. have the fastest speed possible,
  2. or move the longest distance possible


You may use only the materials provided by your instructor.

You have two class periods to complete the challenge successfully.

Your vehicle must weigh under 500 grams

Your vehicle must be no longer than 12” and no wider than 4”



What are Design Criteria?
What are Design Constraints?
What is Potential Energy?
What does elongated mean?