Engineering a popsicle stick catapult | Middle school project

Making a popsicle stick catapult is a great beginner engineer project. It is an engineering “crawl” project in Innovative Arts class. 

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Let’s make a popsicle stick catapult!

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Make sure to retry or remake any part that does not turn out the best that you can make it! There is no right or wrong way to create this project because it is a learning process!

Here are the chapters of this video:

Make a plan

Check out the video above to see some of the creations that my students have made.

Make the sides

Make sure to use triangles for the sides. If you notice any wiggly parts, add a triangle to make it stronger.

Create the body and launch arm

At 5:45 in the video above, I start to create the body.

Finishing touches on your popsicle stick catapult

How could it be better? If you could start over, what would you do differently?

Useful links for teachers:

This site holds the resources for Innovative Arts class, a class that replaced our technology class in our middle school. Students learn to create as engineers, designers, and more. At the same time, we are learning about our brains/mindsets (‘Puzzle‘), engage technology (‘Shift‘) and the creative process (‘Create‘).

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