Rubber Band Engineer

Rubber Band Engineer by Lance Akiyama

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

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591044
Series: Engineer
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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.

Lance Akiyama combines tinkering and education into a single aspiration: to create a better world by inspiring the next generation of innovators with exciting hands-on projects. He has created project-based learning tutorials on, started an after-school engineering service, and is currently employed as a STEM-based curriculum developer for Galileo Learning. Lance spends his free time designing elaborate plans for advanced contraptions, keeping journals in cryptic backwards writing, and attempting to fly by strapping paper wings to his arms and leaping from rooftops. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

Format: Paperback / softback, 144 Pages
ISBN: 9781631591044
Series: Engineer
Illustrations: 200 color photos
Size: 8.5 in x 10 in x 0.625 in / 215.9 mm x 254 mm x 15.875 mm
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
  1. Paper Plane Launcher
  2. Wire Loop Game
  3. Propeller-Powered Car
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