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Eleanor of Philadelphia, PA
Got junk? Then you may have the stuff to make a fun desktop racing thingy.
- rubber band
- metal washer
- Slip the rubber band through the center of the spool.
- Put a toothpick through one loop of the rubber band, tape it down and break off the ends so they don't stick out beyond its edge.
- On the other end of the rubber band, slip on the washer and put the pencil through the rubber band loop.
- Wind up the pencil a few times and put the spool on the table.
- Let it go and watch your racer take off.
- You may want to find someone to race. Have different races to test the spool racer's speed or straightness.
Abbie, Michael, Kaleb, and Julie of OH wrote:
The more you twist the pencil the more it turns when you let it go. To get it to go in a straight line you need to do less turns of the pencil.
Rod, age 12 of Long Island, NY wrote:
It worked well. I tried putting on weights and it went faster
Caroline, age 12 of Gambrills, MD wrote:
we did it in class and my group was one of the only ones that it worked it was so cool but alot of groups rubber bands broke
Madison, age 9 of San Angelo, TX wrote:
it did work SO GREAT!!!
Matt, age 10 of Omaha, NE wrote:
When I tried it woulnd not move. so, I tried a washer with a smaler hole but it still woulnd not work.
Dan, age 14 of Rockford, MI wrote:
It worked fine although it didn't go in a straight line. Enstaid of toothpicks, I used a nail and a pen.
Josh, age 13 of Indianapolis, IN wrote:
It went sideways and then I tried again and it steal went sideways.
Jessica, age 13 of Pensacola, FL wrote:
Mine only went a couple of feet then the rubber band broke. Now the spool will move in place, instead of the whole thing.
Tom, age 15 of Weymouth, MA wrote:
It raced unflawed and went perfectly straight.
Mariah, age 7 of McDonough, GA wrote:
It went down the ramp and crashed into the wall.
Jessica, age 14 of Ocoee, FL wrote:
First you have to take a spool and put some whells on them. Then you add a lot of balloons to it. When you think that it has enougf balloons on it then let it go.
Alexis, age 10 of Cotton Valley, LA wrote:
Mines didn't work I did everything but it stiil did not work want do you think I did wronge?
Alexis, age 10 of Cotton Valley, LA wrote:
I could not get it to work I don't no why. I used every thing that was instucted but it sill didn't work.
Kate, age 13 of Ellsworth, ME wrote:
I couldn't get it to work, I don't know why. I used braces elastics and all the other right stuff because I couldn't find an elastic small enough. Why didn't it work? My science teacher said that it didn't have enough force. I was going to use this for my newtons scooters project at school, but I ended up using the can car instead. What it is is like a bigger version of the spool racer. My dad really liked using it, he used to make them when he was a kid. Thanks for making all this cool stuff on here, I am waiting for another fun activity.
Jonathan, age 11 of Oakland, CA wrote:
It was cool. My grandpa played with them when he was a boy. He said they were called tanks. He made them out of different materials.
Jay Z., age 16 wrote:
When I made it it went fast.
Justin C., age 8 of Columbia, TN wrote:
I love it.
Roxanna J., age 8 of Los Angeles, CA wrote:
It went real fast. Last time I wound it up too much and it broke.
Sabrina M., age 6 of Martinez, GA wrote:
I took a spoon and put and egg with a penny on the bottom. It's a real challange.
Tyann S., age 9 of Huron, SD wrote:
Mine didn't go, the pencil dragged to much. I tried to make wheels out of toothpicks and buttons to keep the pencil up. That didn't work either.
Dustin, age 10 of Crawfordsville, IN wrote:
Mine worked really good. Mine went strait the first time. Maybe thats because I changed the design. I did all the steps, then I added another pencil and washer on the other side of the spool!
Kara D., age 9 of North Scituate, RI wrote:
At first I forgot to add tape to the Q-tip because I used a Q-tip instead of a toothpick, and the Q-tip went wild. When I added tape, it went perfect.
I tried to make a spool racer. It didn't roll very fast or roll in a straight line. Did I not wind it up enough? What size of spool and rubber band and pencil should I use? What surface do I roll it on? Do you know why it didn't work?
Ryan W., age 10 of North Port, FL wrote:
If you put two pencils on each side of the spool, it will not only go faster, but in a straight line, too.
Scott P., age 11 of Belvidere, NJ wrote:
When I tryed mine it only went a inch or so.