Students will use given materials to create 2 pom-pom catapults using very different characteristics. The objective is to construct the launcher that sends the pom-pom the furthest distance. Students will then collect data from their group's catapult, other groups' catapults, and calculate measures of center and probability.
My students thoroughly enjoyed this assignment. I was great to see their creativity and problem solving skills. We spent about four 45-minute class periods on this activity.
I ordered the pom poms from Amazon, 1000 in a bag and five different sizes: LoveS 1000 Pcs Pom Poms Craft Making Assorted Sizes & Colors,
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