Sweet Pumpkin Chunkin STEM Challenge
The annual Pike County Fair is in 2 days and the Pumpkin Chunkin catapult has broken! Fair officials need to build another in time for the favored Pumpkin Chunkin competition. Can you use the given supplies to create a catapult that will chunk a candy pumpkin?
On October 26th, all SJA remote and in-person students created a catapult to launch a candy pumpkin! Students in grades PreK 4 through 5th Grade were judged on how far the contraption launched the candy pumpkin, while middle school grades were judged on hitting a target.
Students followed the Engineering Design Process to research, create, and test their catapults.
All grades answered questions in their STEM journals. Here is a sample of them:
What materials work best to increase the distance a pumpkin is catapulted?
How will you be sure your catapult will launch the pumpkin the farthest?
What possible problems could come up during construction?
How can we design a catapult to increase the distance a pumpkin is launched?
What types of forces may FOR us? Which forces may work AGAINST us?
What about your design worked well?
Which challenge did your catapult meet best: accuracy or distance? EXPLAIN your reasoning.
What was good about your catapult and why?
What would you change about your catapult and why?
PreK: Vivian Peak (15.2 cm)
K: Charlotte Gibson-Bey (6.7 meters)
Grade 1: Austin Ney (6.8 meters)
Grade 2: Brandon Butler (8.8 meters)
Grade 3: Zoe Garman (8.7 meters)
Grade 4: Erin Labbe (1.69 meters)
Grade 5: Emeline Oliver (6.21 meters)
Grade 6: Grace Ferry (32 points)
Grade 7: Brendon Cronin (8 points)
Grade 8: Caroline Oliver (13 points)