The students learn about an ancient war machine, the catapult. By making their catapult, they understand the primary ways of its operation.
Students must understand how the machine operates
and the basic steps for creating the catapult.
Experimentation of the machine while playing.
Suggested age group
Fields in S.T.E.A.M.
Three rubber bands
12 Wooden tongues
1 Bottle lid
The students learn that the catapult was an ancient war machine from ancient times until the Middle Ages.
Then, they are asked to describe it (as shown in the pictures) and try to explain its function.
Even if they don’t explain how it might work, it’s enough to wonder.
The teacher follows the steps and makes their construction alongside the students.
The students work independently. If students need help, the teacher provides it.
Finally, use playdough to test the launch.
Who can throw the playdough farthest?
Place a plastic glass in the middle while 3-4 students sit around it.
Who can drop the playdough into the glass?