Rubber band helicopters are easy and fun to make. Learn how you can make one a home, and learn tips to really make them fly! Explore more STEM themed fun for kids.
I am always looking for fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities for my kids. I was thrilled when Galileo Camps sent me this fun rubber band helicopter kit.
Update: This post used to include four printable activities, provided by Galileo. Sadly, Galileo has removed their printable. However, you can find simple rubber band helicopter kits on Amazon.
What Are Galileo Camps?
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, and Chefology.
My kids have not gone to this camp (we don’t do many camps), but several of their friends go every year, and highly recommend the experience.
How to Make a Rubber Band Helicopter
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!
If you really want to make your helicopter fly, 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!
Have you ever made a rubber band helicopter? Have your kids gone to any Galileo Camps
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