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In this activity, learners construct their own small catapults using simple materials. ... More

In this activity, learners construct their own small catapults using simple materials. Learners follow visual instructions to build their launching device. This activity can be used as a lesson on simple machines, motion/forces or construction. Less

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Chemistry
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Don Rathjen
The Exploratorium
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Catapults!
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Learners build simple catapults and use them to launch cotton balls. Learners ... More

Learners build simple catapults and use them to launch cotton balls. Learners can see Newton's second law of motion in effect; pulling the catapult arm back further creates more force and thus more acceleration of the cotton ball. This activity can be combined with other activities to create a larger lesson. Resource contains vocabulary definitions and suggestions for assessment, extensions, and scaling for different levels of learners. Less

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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
National Science Foundation
Sabre Duren
U.S. Department of Education
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Catapults!
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Students observe the relationship between the angle of a catapult (a force ... More

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. Less

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Engineering
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
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Confetti Launcher
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Hooray! In this design challenge activity, learners invent a device that launches ... More

Hooray! In this design challenge activity, learners invent a device that launches a spoonful of confetti into the air. Learners are encouraged to create the biggest cloud of confetti possible. Educators can use this activity to introduce simple machines as well as the design process. The associated Leader's Notes handout includes instructions on how to play a creative-thinking game to prep learners for the challenge. Less

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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National Science Foundation
WGBH
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Construction and Destruction
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In this three/four-day lesson, learners calculate perimeters and areas and draw the ... More

In this three/four-day lesson, learners calculate perimeters and areas and draw the castle plan to scale. They develop a timeline outlining the construction of a castle and build catapults, a primary weapon of castle destruction. They understand the skill and effort involved not only in building castles but also in destroying them. This activity is featured on pp.42-44 (part of a lesson that begins on page 35) of the "LEGOŒŹ Castle Adventure" unit of study for grades K-6. Less

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Engineering
Education
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Geometry
Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Author:
Angie Kiplinger
Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Coca-Cola
Dr. Beverly A. Reitsma
Fazoli's
Sue Keene
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Lego Group
Tonya Mercer
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Finger Basketball
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In this activity, learners build mini-basketball courts using cardboard and measuring spoons. ... More

In this activity, learners build mini-basketball courts using cardboard and measuring spoons. Use this activity to introduce learners to catapults, forces, and levers. Note: a drill is used in this activity, and is not included in the cost of materials. Less

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Education
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Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Community Science Workshop Network
Fresno Community Science Workshop
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Flying T-Shirts
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During this engineering design/build project, students investigate many different solutions to a ... More

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. Less

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Engineering
Physics
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Brandi Jackson
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jonathan MacNeil
Scott Duckworth
Stephanie Rivale
TeachEngineering.org
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Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation
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In this activity, learners discover how NASA engineers develop experimental aircraft. Learners ... More

In this activity, learners discover how NASA engineers develop experimental aircraft. Learners will use geometry and algebra to design, construct, and test an experimental wing to achieve maximum distance using a portable glider catapult. This lesson plan includes background information, key vocabulary and definitions, blackline masters, extensions including an instructional technology activity, and resources. Less

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Geometry
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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NASA
NASA CONNECT
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Launch into Learning: Catapults!
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Students learn about catapults, including the science and math concepts behind them, ... More

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. Less

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Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Carleigh Samson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jake Crosby
Jonathan McNeil
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
William Surles
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The Magician's Catapult
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In this activity, students reinforce their understanding of compound machines by building ... More

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. Less

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Engineering
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Michael J. Bendewald
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Parabola Basketball
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In this activity, learners build mini-basketball courts and explore the laws of ... More

In this activity, learners build mini-basketball courts and explore the laws of physics. Learners discover that everything you throw or shoot on earth travels in a parabola. Note: a drill is used in this activity, and is not included in the cost of materials. Less

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Geometry
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Community Science Workshop Network
Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop
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Physics of the Flying T-Shirt
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Students are introduced to the physics concepts of air resistance and launch ... More

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. Less

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Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Brandi Jackson
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering,
Jonathan MacNeil
Scott Duckworth
Stephanie Rivale
TeachEngineering.org
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Pop Fly
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In this design challenge activity, learners invent a way to send a ... More

In this design challenge activity, learners invent a way to send a Ping-Pong ball flying high enough to catch it - like football with a twist! Learners use paint stirrers, a wooden spool, tape, and their feet to launch the ball. This fun hands-on activity introduces learners to the design process while exploring levers. Less

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
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Right on Target: Catapult Game
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Students experience the engineering design process as they design and build accurate ... More

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. Less

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Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Carleigh Samson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jake Crosby
Jonathan McNeil
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
TeachEngineering.org
William Surles
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Target Practice
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In this dynamic activity, learners build a catapult that launches projectiles, such ... More

In this dynamic activity, learners build a catapult that launches projectiles, such as marshmallows. Participants then design and build their own models using the steps of the design process to make changes and alter different variables. This activity can be linked to discussions on simple machines and motion (kinetic) energy as well. Less

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Data
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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National Science Foundation
Public television viewers
WGBH
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Trebuchet
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This resource helps guide an experiment figuring out what design of a ... More

This resource helps guide an experiment figuring out what design of a trebuchet, a catapult-like device, will throw things the farthest. Less

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Education
Physics
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Twin Cities Public Television
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Trebuchet Launch
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Students work as engineers to design and test trebuchets (in this case ... More

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. Less

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Engineering
Mathematics
Physics
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Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
AMPS GK-12 Program,
Jennifer S. Haghpanah, Janet Yowell
TeachEngineering.org
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Trebuchet Toss
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In this activity, learners explore trebuchet design. Teams of learners construct trebuchets ... More

In this activity, learners explore trebuchet design. Teams of learners construct trebuchets from everyday materials. They then test their trebuchets to determine the farthest distance they can hit a target with a marshmallow projectile. Less

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Engineering
Manufacturing
Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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IEEE
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Volcanic Material Catapult Investigation
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This activity (located on page 3 of the PDF) is a full ... More

This activity (located on page 3 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into the relationship between an objectäóťs mass and the distance it is thrown by a catapult. Groups of learners will assemble a simple plastic spoon catapult and test launch äóětephraäó (material ejected from volcanoes) of different masses, calculate average throwing distance and graph their recorded results. Relates to linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Lava Flow. Less

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Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.
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