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Potential, kinetic, projectile, and motion; four words that are like music to a child's ears. Enthusiastic engineers discuss potential and kinetic energy, projectile motion, force, levers, and torque. Then, they play with several objects to observe how each of these things works, on their own and together. Finally, they apply their practice as they each construct a mini-catapult out of pop sticks, plastic forks, and rubber bands! While the instructional activity is really more of a set of neat activities, each is valuable in helping children describe the physical world of energy and motion.