I am always looking for fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities for my kids. I was thrilled when Galileo Camps (the sponsor of this post) sent me this fun rubber band helicopter kit – and included downloadable PDFs of this activity as well as three others for my readers! Galileo Camps are known in the Bay Area where we live as some of the best educational summer camps for kids from Pre-K through 8th Grade. Galileo Camps encourage kids to brainstorm and think like innovators through a variety of hands-on projects and activities. Parents can enroll kids in camp one week at a time, or all summer long. Each week has its own imagination-sparking themes and in-depth majors like Digital Photography, Fashion Design, Inventors Workshop, Go Kart Builders, Video Game Design, 3D Modeling and Printing (my Emma really wants to go to this one!), and Chefology.
Free PDF Activities for ALL of My Readers
Galileo Camps understands that all of my readers do not live in the Bay Area, and they have kindly provided four activity PDFs that you can enjoy with your kids wherever you live! These activities (how to make an illuminated card, sushi design and creation, the rubber band helicopter featured in this post, and a spoon catapult project) will give you a great taste of the hands-on, engaging activities and crafts inspired by Galileo camps curriculum. You can find all four PDFs on the Galileo Camps page.
I had seen videos of this type of rubber band helicopter before, but we had never made one until I was working on this post! The key is to wind it up really well, and then hold it as straight as you can for lift-off!
It is pretty amazing when it works, and a particularly cool experiment for my kids since my brother is a helicopter pilot!
You can see a few of our launches in this little video! The first one was pretty typical of our results, the second is a dud launch, and the third was one of our best!