Check in each week at Science Buddies this summer for our Awesome Summer Science Experiments series! Each week, we’ll highlight a few activities for awesome science and engineering kids can do at home. We’ve got a whole summer of fun STEM themes lined up for kids of all ages — for free. This week: awesome summer science experiments with rubber bands!
Awesome Rubber Band STEM
Rubber bands are fun to stretch and even fun to fling across the room. How far can you send a rubber band flying? Can you use the stretchiness of a rubber band to send other things flying or create sound waves? Yes!
Kids can learn a lot about potential and kinetic energy from rubber bands. The activities in Week 1 of our Awesome Summer Science Experiments series feature an assortment of exciting maker-inspired builds and experiments, from launchers and a rubber band-powered car to noisemaking fun with a rubber band guitar or simple harmonica. Let’s hear it for stretchy rubber band science!
EXPERIMENT: Rubber Band Science
Use these questions to prompt conversation and reflection about the science behind this week’s Awesome Summer Science Experiments activities:
- Does an unstretched rubber band have energy?
- What type of energy are you creating when you stretch a rubber band?
- What happens when you release a stretched rubber band in terms of its energy?
EXPLORE: STEM Careers
After trying this week’s summer science experiments, kids can learn more about related science and engineering careers, like:
Pair picture and story books like these with this week’s Awesome Summer Science Experiments explorations.
Bookmark Awesome Summer Science Experiments Week 1: Rubber Band STEM
For more suggestions for science-themed summer reading, see our Summer Reading List. Also, don’t miss this roundup of creative STEM activities for storytelling and imaginative play.
10 Weeks of Awesome Summer Science Experiments
Follow the full summer series on the Awesome Summer Science Experiments page!