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For the medieval catapult, stored tension equals the power of projectile motion – which now equals awesome learning power! Build and use this kit to demonstrate:

  • Force and motion.
  • Vectors.
  • Trajectory.
  • Potential and kinetic energy.
  • Simple machines.
  • Medieval history.

Plus, students can develop math, physics, and problem-solving skills by experimenting with the catapult to reach different distances with varying weights of ammunition (pieces of clay). Going back to the Dark Ages has never been so enlightening!

Looking for standards-based activities to accompany these materials? The Catapults Teacher’s Guide is available for print here, or you can download a digital copy for free here.

Details

Type: Multi-Student Project Packs, Project Kits Grades: 6-12

Safety

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

Resources

Learning Values

Science
  • Potential energy
  • Projectile motion
  • Force and motion
Technology
  • Systems
  • Historical perspectives
  • Data collection
Engineering
  • Technological design
  • Modeling
  • Prediction
Math
  • Measurements
  • Ratios
  • Graphing

Specifications

  • Assembly Method: Gluing
  • Material: Basswood
  • Tools and Materials Required: White glue
  • Note: This product contains latex.

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