STEAM Activity, STEM Activity: Pompom Launcher, Popsicle Stick Catapult

 

What Kids Are Learning For This STEAM Activity, STEM Activity

In a Pompom Launcher (Popsicle Stick Catapult) STEM activity, kids learn about science and engineering by building their own mini catapults. They discover how levers work, experiment with different designs to launch objects, and practice measuring and problem-solving. It’s a fun, hands-on way for children to explore important STEAM, STEM concepts while being creative.

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What You Need For This STEAM Activity, STEM Activity

STEAM Activity, STEM Activity - Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult Materials
STEAM Activity, STEM Activity – Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult Materials

 

How To Make A Pompom Launcher (Popsicle Stick Catapult)

 

 

  1. Base construction: Create a square base using 6 Popsicle sticks, securing the corners with rubber bands.

    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity - Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult - Base Construction
    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity – Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult – Base Construction
  2. Arm assembly: Attach 2 Popsicle sticks together with rubber bands to form an arm by tying only one side..
    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult - Tie On One Side
    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult – Tie Only One Side

     

    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Pompom Luncher - Make an Arm
    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Pompom Luncher – Make an Arm
  3. Mount arm to base: Open up the arm and slide in the base. Secure the arm to the base with a rubber band, creating a lever.STEAM Activity, STEM Activity - Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult - Arm Assembly

    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity - Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult - Attach the Arm
    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity – Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult – Attach the Arm
  4. Add a spoon: Attach the plastic spoon to the free end of the arm using rubber bands.
    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity - Pompom Luncher Add A Spoon
    Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult – Add A Spoon

     

    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity - Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult - Add A Spoon
    Pompom Luncher, Popsicle Stick Catapult – Add A Spoon
  5. Load and launch: Place a pompom in the spoon, press down, and release to launch.
    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Pompom Launcher
    Pompom Launcher, Popsicle Stick Catapult

    STEAM Activity, STEM Activity Pompom Launcher Activity
    Pompom Launcher, Popsicle Stick Catapult Activity
  6. Explore science: Discuss levers, angles, and the physics of catapults.
STEAM Activity, STEM Activity - Pompom Launcher, Popsicle Stick Catapult
Pompom Launcher, Popsicle Stick Catapult

 

Variations & Challenges 

  • Explore different angles and forces for pompom launch.
  • Measure launch distances and record observations.
  • Set targets at varying distances and challenge kids to adjust their catapults to hit specific targets accurately.
  • Experiment with different objects of varying weights as ammunition to see how it affects launch distances and angles.
  • Let kids decorate their catapults.

 

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Author

  • Isabelle

    Isabelle has been an entrepreneur for last 22 years in retail and educational industry. She is also a mom to a child in elementary school. She believes that when kids are curious and use their imagination, amazing things can happen. She is particularly interested in STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). She believes when children are encouraged to develop STEAM skills from a young age, they gain valuable tools to tackle future challenges in a creative, imaginative, and innovative manner. She enjoys researching STEAM and craft activities, plays, toys and resources and share with parents.

    http://steamandcreate.com Isabelle

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