Did you know that the catapult was invented in about 400 BC? The catapult has many variations, but mainly it uses the sudden release of stored potential energy to propel an object.
This week, the iSTEAM team challenges you to build a catapult and see how far you can launch a small object, such as a marshmallow or pompom. You should be able to find these materials at home, or on your next grocery order. See below for examples of catapults that you could build.
- Simple Marshmallow Catapult
- Powerful Popsicle stick Catapult
- Tissue Box Catapult
- Wooden Spoon Catapult
- Large Catapult
Please feel free to create your own designs and research catapults yourselves. These are simply suggestions to get you started. Once you’ve built your catapult, practice launching a small object and send us the furthest distance along with a photo!