Design a Catapult

This Design a Catapult activity & project also includes:

Just this once, it's okay to throw things in class. Out of craft sticks and rubber bands, pupils build catapults to launch an object of choice. This can be a ping-pong ball, a marshmallow, or any other small item. As long as it hits the target, anything's fine.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have a contest to see which catapult can launch the projectile the farthest distance
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a large number of craft sticks (Popsicle sticks) and rubber bands for the activity
  • Knowledge of kinetic and potential energy is beneficial but not necessary
Pros

  • Provides some useful troubleshooting tips
  • Instructions include photos as visual aids
Cons

  • None