STREAM with Steve: Catapult Crash Course!
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About the Event
Launch into a topic every kids loves: Catapults! STEAM Campers will design and create their own Catapults, collaborating ideas and sharing their work to turn imagination into reality. First, they will explore Potential and Kinetic Energy, Aerodynamics, and Trajectory. Kids will collaborate on the history and social impact of Catapults. Then they will Engineer their own unique catapults as they play with measurement and averages to define catapult characteristics.
STEAM Topics covered: Potential and Kinetic Energy, Aerodynamics, Trajectory, Structural Engineering, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Measurement, Multiplication and Division, Geometry, Material Science, Engineering Design Process, Social Technology impact, Hands-on tools and construction.
Ages: Appropriate for most youth ages 6 to 12
Research: Pre-requisite research, imagination, and gathering required! It’s always a great idea for engineers to research ideas on how to build what they want. We encourage you to go online and find out how other kids around the world explore and play with Catapults, using common items found around the house.
Big Question… How can I Engineer a fun and effective Catapult to play with?
Tools and Materials: STEAM Camp always makes good use of recyclables. Having more Recyclables equals more Creativity!
- Sticks, disposable cups, cardboard, and plastic bottles are great for this project.
- Small projectiles, like ping pong balls, tinfoil balls, marbles, etc.
- Many rubber bands, balloons, and/or anything elastic.
- Popsicle sticks or other craft sticks, rods, dowels, clothes pins, spoons, bottle caps
- Hot glue gun or other strong, quick drying glue
- Paper, pen, tape, scissors, ruler, arts/craft supplies