Pumpkins Catapult Project

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2nd - 7th, Homeschool
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This was one of the first STEM projects that I tried in my classroom- the students really enjoyed it and learned a lot about force and motion- easy to use and teach.
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STEM Mini"Punkin Chuckin"

An Engineering Exploration of Levers and Forces

STEM Engineering Challenge for Halloween or a Harvest Party!

Autumn means Pumpkin Chucking Time - an awesome STEM activity!

No pumpkin chucking catapults near your location?

No problem...hold your own mini contest with this fun activity that reinforces knowledge of simple machines.

Grab a bag of candy mini pumpkins, some spools or small plastic vials, and some paint stirrers and you are good to go!

Our packet walks your students through the engineering design process from initial drawing to the test and launches! Packet includes student pages, teacher notes, a rubric, inquiry questions, design process poster and student jobs. We do this activity on October 31st, but any time this month will guarantee an exciting time in class.

Teachers are saying:

"I love the combination of creation and reflection on the process of creating. This is a great holiday activity and good for common core! I also appreciate the incorporation of a presentation at the end, as we are beginning to use google drive to create presentations. This is so relevant to our class!"

"Such a cool idea, thank you!! My students loved this, but who wouldn't love catapults?!"

"This resource was a phenomenal help to having my students work through the Ps of STEM while having some fun. I appreciate how thorough the resource was, and that the setup is uniform across units, as that will help me to be consistent with my kiddos. Thanks!"

"Great activity! The students had a wonderful time experimenting with different fulcrums as well as the best placement of the load/effort in relation to the fulcrum. Led to great discussions. Thank you for the activity!"


This activity is also available in a Halloween discounted bundle with three other fun activities. A perfect addition to a party!

Engineering Halloween with STEM

And you can add a little engineering to the harvest party tradition of bobbing for apples. Use STEM skills to build devices to grab the apples

Bobbing for Apples with STEM!

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21 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


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