First, I will present a little bit of history behind catapults. Back in the day, there was a rush to make great siege weapons to get through thick castle walls. Then in 400 BC, in a small town in Greece, the first recorded catapult was made. The Greek were so impressed with the original that they enlarged it and started to use it in their battles. Now, there are many types of siege catapults and trebuchets, and each uses their unique version of power to hurl objects (tension, torsion, traction, and gravity). Today, catapults of all sizes are made, but those who build them are doing so because they want to have fun (such as some awesome pumpkin launchers). Many kids make them for science fairs, where they study how different variables effect the distance that the catapult throws the ball.
That is what Sockeye Club did this fine lovely morning. The kids got down in the trenches. They hunkered down with their supplies – popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and ping-pong balls – and created their own catapults. As we sat down, the kids reached for the sticks to make their catapults, and were so excited to make their catapult so that they could shoot ping-pong balls and pom-poms around the room. Many of them needed to learn through example, so after teaching one or two kids, the new teachers took the initiative to help others. Though, it was the best at the end of the activity, as the kids got to try their catapult both in the room and outside.
Many of decided that the heavier ping-pong balls flew further than the light pom-poms, so that was their favorite object to make fly. On top of this, the loved the sound of the ping-pong balls bouncing on the concrete.
Have an awesome day!