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

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.

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Engineering
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Don Rathjen
The Exploratorium
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.

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Engineering
Physics
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Activities and Labs
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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
Confetti Launcher
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Hooray! In this design challenge activity, learners invent a device that launches ...

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.

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

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.

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Geometry
Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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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
Finger Basketball
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In this activity, learners build mini-basketball courts using cardboard and measuring spoons. ...

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.

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Community Science Workshop Network
Fresno Community Science Workshop
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.

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Engineering
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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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
Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation
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In this activity, learners discover how NASA engineers develop experimental aircraft. Learners ...

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.

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Engineering
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Geometry
Atmospheric Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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NASA
NASA CONNECT
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.

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Engineering
Physics
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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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.

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Engineering
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program and Laboratory,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Michael J. Bendewald
Parabola Basketball
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In this activity, learners build mini-basketball courts and explore the laws of ...

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.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Education
Mathematics
Algebra
Geometry
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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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:
Community Science Workshop Network
Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop
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
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Brandi Jackson
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering,
Jonathan MacNeil
Scott Duckworth
Stephanie Rivale
Pop Fly
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In this design challenge activity, learners invent a way to send a ...

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.

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Engineering
Education
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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Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH
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
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Carleigh Samson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Jake Crosby
Jonathan McNeil
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
William Surles
Target Practice
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In this dynamic activity, learners build a catapult that launches projectiles, such ...

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.

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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Author:
National Science Foundation
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WGBH
Trebuchet
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This resource helps guide an experiment figuring out what design of a ...

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

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Engineering
Education
Physics
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Student Guide
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Twin Cities Public Television
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DragonflyTV
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.

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Architecture and Design
Engineering
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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AMPS GK-12 Program,
Jennifer S. Haghpanah, Janet Yowell
Trebuchet Toss
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In this activity, learners explore trebuchet design. Teams of learners construct trebuchets ...

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.

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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
Volcanic Material Catapult Investigation
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This activity (located on page 3 of the PDF) is a full ...

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.

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Education
Mathematics
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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Author:
National Science Foundation
Twin Cities Public Television
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