Amazing Rubber Band Cars: Easy-to-Build Wind-Up Racers, Models, and Toys

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Chicago Review Press, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 128 pages
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Combining fun and interactive activities, this guide will have kids captivated for hours constructing fantastic racing cars with the basics of only rubber bands, cardboard, and glue. These simple instructions with templates allow budding engineers to gain hands-on experience as they learn not only how to build a basic racer, but how to make modifications such as aluminum foil axle bearings, steering mechanisms, hinges, cam shafts, and wheels made out of old CDs. This helpful resource has step-by-step instructions for making a basic rubber-band model, a railroad push-car, and a high-speed racer. Other unique projects include Oscar the Laughing Clown, which has a jaw mechanism that opens and closes when it moves, and Spot the Dog, which has a moving tail. Children can even learn how to build a rubber band car big enough for a human. Exploring wheels, bearings, and friction, kids will learn not only how to make speedy racers but also the science that makes the process work.
 

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Contents

1 The Basic Rubber Band Car
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2 Creative Wheels
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3 Bearings and Friction
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4 Distance Car
23
5 Simple TwoWheeled Car
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6 Railroad Push Car
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7 Oscar the Moving Clowns Body
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8 Oscar the Moving Clowns Head
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9 Steering for Oscar
69
10 Domino Cars
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11 HighSpeed Car
85
12 Spot the Dog with the Wagging Tail
93
13 LifeSized Rubber Band Car
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Also Available from Chicago Review Press
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Mike Rigsby is an electrical engineer who has contributed to several magazines, including Byte, Circuit Cellar, Modern Electronics, and Robotics Age. He lives in Fort Myers, Florida.

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