The Magician's Catapult

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Class members work in pairs to build a catapult to launch a grape a given distance. The catapult project, a compound machine, reinforces pupils' understanding of simple machines.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Allow the pairs to improve the design to see if they can be more accurate
Classroom Considerations

  • You will need space in order to launch the grapes
  • Copy the building directions and distribute to each pair
  • The eighth part in a 10-part series

  • The activity has assessments to use before, during, and after the activity
  • The directions include pictures on what the catapult should look like at different stages of construction

  • The directions do not allow for the creativity of the pairs to build their own designs