Welcome back for another STEM Saturday! We have been having a blast learning about force, motion, and gravity the last few days. We can’t wait to share some of the awesome things we have been doing from math, science and engineering for kids. This week we are excited to share a simple 5 minute demonstration that you kids will want to play with for hours!
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Engineering for Kids | Creating a Peeps Catapult
Setting up this demonstration is simple and easy to do. Since it is almost Valentines Day, we decided to use Heart shaped peeps and conversation hearts for our ammo, but you could definitely use any seasonal peeps and any ammo.
Skewers (we recycled ours from a fruit bouquet, but you can get wooden ones too!)
Peeps (any shape)
Ammo (Candy, puff balls, ping pong balls, you name it)
Creating a Peeps Catapult for Kids
Step One: Make a triangle out of all of the peeps and connect them with the skewers.
Step Two: Connect each of these corners together with another Peep (creating a pyramid)
Step Three: Slide your rubber band over the top of the pyramid.
Step Four: Tape a plastic spoon to another skewer and slide it through the top of the rubber band. Attach it to the bottom Peep.
Step Five: Load and Launch!
This was seriously so much fun! Normally, this is where I give you a big background teacher explanation and I tell you about the science behind it. But today, this was just fun. We talked a ton about potential and kinetic energy, and we tested many different ammo choices, but I think this one is best left as something you should figure out for yourself!
More Adventures in Engineering
TIME FOR STEM SATURDAY BLOG HOP!
Every Saturday we will get so many wonderful ideas linked up from around the web that we have decided we want to feature some of these great ideas. That’s why every Saturday, I will pick from the posts linked up and feature my absolute favorites. This might be a hard choice to make, luckily you can always head over to last week’s post and check out more great science resources!
This Week’s Feature: Engineering for Kids
VISIT THESE GREAT BLOGGERS FOR MORE STEM FUN!
DIY Fire Extinguisher | Baking Soda and Vinegar from The Science Kiddo
Learning about the Human Heart from Suzy Homeschooler