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Catapults!
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Students observe the relationship between the angle of a catapult (a force ...

Students observe the relationship between the angle of a catapult (a force measurement) and the flight of a cotton ball. They learn how Newton's second law of motion works by seeing directly that F = ma. When they pull the metal "arm" back further, thus applying a greater force to the cotton ball, it causes the cotton ball to travel faster and farther. Students also learn that objects of greater mass require more force to result in the same distance traveled by a lighter object.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
Flying T-Shirts
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During this engineering design/build project, students investigate many different solutions to a ...

During this engineering design/build project, students investigate many different solutions to a problem. Their design challenge is to find a way to get school t-shirts up into the stands during home sporting events. They follow the steps of the engineering design process to design and build a usable model, all while keeping costs under budget.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Brandi Jackson
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jonathan MacNeil
Scott Duckworth
Stephanie Rivale
Launch into Learning: Catapults!
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Students learn about catapults, including the science and math concepts behind them, ...

Students learn about catapults, including the science and math concepts behind them, as they prepare for the associated activity in which they design, build and test their own catapults. They learn about force, accuracy, precision and angles.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Carleigh Samson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jake Crosby
Jonathan McNeil
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
William Surles
The Magician's Catapult
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In this activity, students reinforce their understanding of compound machines by building ...

In this activity, students reinforce their understanding of compound machines by building a catapult. This compound machine consists of a lever and a wheel-and-axel. Catapults have been designed by engineers for a variety of purposes from lifting boulders into the air for warfare to human beings for entertainment; the projectiles in this activity are grapes for a magic act. Given the building materials, students design and build their catapult to launch a grape a certain distance.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program and Laboratory,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Michael J. Bendewald
Physics of the Flying T-Shirt
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Students are introduced to the physics concepts of air resistance and launch ...

Students are introduced to the physics concepts of air resistance and launch angle as they apply to catapults. This includes the basic concepts of position, velocity and acceleration and their relationships to one another. They use algebra to solve for one variable given two variables.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Brandi Jackson
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering,
Jonathan MacNeil
Scott Duckworth
Stephanie Rivale
Right on Target: Catapult Game
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Students experience the engineering design process as they design and build accurate ...

Students experience the engineering design process as they design and build accurate and precise catapults using common materials. They use their catapults to participate in a game in which they launch Ping-Pong balls to attempt to hit various targets.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Carleigh Samson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jake Crosby
Jonathan McNeil
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
William Surles
Trebuchet Launch
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Students work as engineers to design and test trebuchets (in this case ...

Students work as engineers to design and test trebuchets (in this case LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots) that can launch objects. During the testing stage, they change one variable at a time to study its effect on the outcome of their designs. Specifically, they determine how far objects travel depending on their weights. As students learn about the different components of robot design and the specific function controls, they determine what design features are important for launching objects.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
AMPS GK-12 Program,
Jennifer S. Haghpanah, Janet Yowell