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Tinkering with Catapults

About this event

A catapult is a device that uses tension or stored energy to launch an object. Can you build a catapult using everyday materials? In this workshop, you will design and test a catapult, and then modify it to achieve increased distance, height, accuracy, or a goal of your own choosing.

Recommended for ages 4 - 8

What is “tinkering”?

Tinkering is mindful messing about with tools and materials, with the goal of finding out their possibilities and limitations. When we tinker, we learn about scientific topics, make new things from existing parts, solve problems, and learn by making mistakes.

Suggested materials for the session:

  • Spoon – one or more, different sizes recommended
  • Soft object to launch – e.g. a pom pom, cotton ball, aluminum foil ball, or similar
  • Elastic bands
  • Tape
  • One or more cylindrical object to create a fulcrum – e.g. a large marker, spool of thread, toilet paper roll, or similar
  • Optional - assorted materials – markers, cardboard, bottle caps, popsicle sticks, LEGO, binder clips, ruler/measuring tape, etc.

By registering for this session, you acknowledge that all discussion and participation are for educational purposes, ONLY. Please note that only children with parents present will be invited to turn their webcams on. For those families who choose to participate via webcam, please note that Science World will not be recording this session.

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