Christmas Catapult Games

The girls enjoyed a creative and educational activity of making catapults with paddle pop sticks and designing Christmas games. They explored physics, engineering, and problem-solving skills to design and build their own catapults, and then tested them in a game. The game involved launching small pom poms onto a target. The girls measured the distance and accuracy of their shots, score and compared them with their friends. They also experimented with different variables, such as the angle, force and distance to see how that affected the performance of their catapults. This activity fostered curiosity, inquiry, fun and friendly competition among the students, as well as enhancing their STEM skills.

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!