Dowels and Rubber Bands I

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If you have 3-foot dowels and rubber bands, you can can started on this fun and open design challenge. You can make structures big and small: make it so you can fit your parent into it! You can do this activity with individual designers or design as a group. Encourage your learners to get as creative as possible!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Wooden dowels – 3/8 inch diameter, 36 inches long (25–30 dowels per working group of kids or 150 for a class of 20)
  • 1 pound of rubber bands (size 64) per class


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Architectural Engineering
      • Civil Engineering
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Funding Source:

  • Noyce Foundation

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