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Medieval Machines STEM Unit

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Description

Medieval war machines that once inspired fear now inspire awe and interest in students. In this three-week unit, students learn about the history of medieval siege machines, then build and experiment with two such mechanisms. Students build and use a catapult to learn about relating speed with projectile mass, testing elasticity, and designing to make the catapult a mobile mechanism and to launch a projectile the greatest distance. Then, the class moves on to the catapult’s cousin, the trebuchet. With this siege machine using counterweights, students explore how projectile mass affects a launch and how to calculate potential energy. Then, they are challenged to use their knowledge to adjust projectile and counterweight masses in order to hit a target.

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Details

Type: Multi-Student STEM Units and Courses Grades: 6-8
SKU: W39845

Safety

Latex Warning: This product contains latex and when in contact with skin it might result in an allergic reaction.

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What You'll Get

  • 12 glue applicator tips
  • 2 rolls bond paper
  • 120 washers
  • 12 aluminum spring scale (500 gram)
  • 6 buckets
  • 12 HD Bond II glue
  • 1 package modeling clay
  • 12 pliers
  • 1 package rubber bands

Resources

Learning Values

Science
  • Energy conversion
  • Force and motion
  • Potential/kinetic energy
  • Elasticity
Technology
  • Historical perspectives
  • Modeling
  • Technological Design
  • Accuracy
Engineering
  • Design & creativity
  • Design process
  • Developing models
  • Scale and structure
Math
  • Measurements
  • Logic
  • Calculating potential energy
  • Calculating speed

Specifications

  • Students Served: 24
  • Length of Unit: 3 weeks
  • Note: This product contains latex.

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