Aidyn Shafer prepares to send his rubber-band-powered race car down the hallway to see how far it will travel. — Johnson Publications

Race cars powered by rubber bands illustrate physical science principles

    Putting the concepts they’ve learned into action, Holyoke High School physical science classes were challenged to design and create race cars that could be powered solely by rubber bands.
    Science teacher Ashley Clayton explained that her physical science classes have been working through a unit about force and motion. The race car project was a hands-on way to teach some of the principles they’ve been learning about.
    On Friday, Oct. 12, students challenged one another to see who had come up with the best design. A 1-meter-wide path was set up in the hallway, and each team had the chance to send its car down the course. Students took measurements, and the car that traveled the farthest won. Juan Diaz, Dakota Pell and Marco Mendoza were the overall winners.

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