Friday, January 20, 2017

S.T.E.A.M.: The Pom-Pom Catapult Challenge!

For our latest S.T.E.A.M. inquiry, we discussed what we thought we knew about catapults.  One student knew that they are used to throw boulders, while another recognized that they were used to send things over walls.  We watched a few videos of catapults in action, and then sent off the students in groups to imagine, plan, try, fail, try again and ultimately test a homemade pom-pom catapult.

Catapult supplies

Exploring supplies
 
Trying out tape with materials

Collaborating

The goals for catapult-making were that the pom-pom must travel without the child touching it, and it must travel the length of your arm.  The teachers were so proud of how the children demonstrated a growth mindset and worked to collaborate.  During the project, the students problem-solved, talked to one another, listened to each other, and were willing to keep on trying!

We added short videos of everyone's successful launches to their Seesaw.  Look for a display and short movie of our catapult action next week!  We are also going to continue making catapults on Monday for the friends who missed making one today.  The children are looking forward to sharing their catapults, and the thinking behind them, on Monday.

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