Rubber Band Engineer

Rubber Band Engineer : Build Slingshot Powered Rockets, Rubber Band Rifles, Unconventional Catapults, and More Guerrilla Gadgets from Household Hardware

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You don't have to be a genius to create these ingenious contraptions, you just need rubber bands, glue, paperclips, and Rubber Band Engineer, of course.

Shooting far, flying high, and delivering way more exciting results than expected are the goals of the gadgets in Rubber Band Engineer. Discover unexpected ways to turn common materials into crafty contraptions that range from surprisingly simple to curiously complex.

In vivid color photos, you'll be guided on how to create slingshot rockets, unique catapults, and even hydraulic-powered machines. Whether you build one or all 19 of these designs, you'll feel like an ingenious engineer when you're through. Best of all, you don't need to be an experienced tinkerer to make any of the projects! All you need are household tools and materials, such as paper clips, pencils, paint stirrers, and ice pop sticks.

Oh, and rubber bands. Lots of rubber bands.

Grab your glue gun, pull out your pliers, track down your tape, and get started on the challenging, fun, and rewarding journey toward becoming a rubber band engineer.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 216 x 254 x 16mm | 521.63g
  • Rockport, United States
  • English
  • 200 color photos
  • 1631591045
  • 9781631591044
  • 47,675

Table of contents

Introduction: Notes from a Rubber-Band Tinkerer

Chapter 1: Handheld Shooters
Many-Thing Shooter
PVC Slingshot Rifle
Bow and Arrow
Chapter 2: Mini Siege Engines
Pyramid Catapult
Enhanced Mousetrap Catapult
Floating Arm Trebuchet
Da Vinci Catapult
Chapter 3: Hydraulic and Pneumatic Power
Pneumatic Magic Box
Extending Grabber
Robot Arm
Hydraulic Fighting Robots
Chapter 4: Flight
Improvised Darts
Slingshot Rocket
Rubber Band Helicopter
Chapter 5: Other Gadgets & Contraptions

Paper Plane Launcher
Wire Loop Game
Propeller-Powered Car

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About Lance Akiyama

Lance Akiyama is the author of four books in Rockport's Engineer series: Rubber Band Engineer; Duct Tape Engineer; Launchers, Lobbers, and Rockets Engineer; and The Zoom, Fly, Bolt, Blast STEAM Handbook. Lance is the Science Curriculum Manager for Galileo Learning (STEAM camps for Pre-K to 8th grade), for which he designs STEAM-based lessons and projects for K-8 students. He has been developing hands-on engineering projects for kids since 2011 and working in education since 2006. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
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