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Dynamics: Trebuchets & Catapults

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Describe the Activity: 

The PBL on dynamics will introduce students to the essential concepts underlying the principles of movement and conservation of energy. Students will also apply algebraic and geometric concepts related to transformations on a coordinate plane to collaboratively design and build a life-size maze. Along with the study of motion, students will construct a Pumpkin Chunkin’ launching device (Trebuchet/Catapult) to test Newton’s Laws and acceleration due to gravity and interpret the results of the quantitative data. Students will then demonstrate their design process, final design, and functionality of the launching device in a Pumpkin Chunkin’ Contest

Time Details: 

Students meet 5 times per week for 1 hr for about 3 to 4 weeks.

Cost Details: 

About $20 to $40.

People Details: 

Teams of 4 to 5 students.

Outcome of the Activity: 
Students will apply the design process to test the effects of Newton's Laws an acceleration due to gravity.
Activity Address: 
United States
37° 5' 24.864" N, 95° 42' 46.4076" W
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