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Catapult

In this activity about transfer of energy, learners get to build their own catapult using nothing more than a plastic spoon and some tape. They then get to see just how far they can make a marshmallow fly! This is an easy activity to turn into a game and/or competition.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Game

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Plastic spoon
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Tape measure or meter stick
  • Masking tape
  • Protractor
  • Goggles

Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Potential and Kinetic Energy
    • Motion and Forces
      • Projectile Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories


  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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