Catapult STEM Activity with Popsicle Sticks

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Looking for a fun and educational activity to do with your kids? Catapult STEM Activity with Popsicle Sticks is a great way to teach your children about physics and engineering.

With this activity, they can learn how to build a catapult using popsicle sticks and then test it out by launching different objects.

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Your kids will have a blast learning about science and engineering with this activity. They will also learn how to calculate the force needed to launch an object, and how to adjust their design accordingly.

Continue reading to know the simple steps to make this awesome DIY catapult!

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The Catapult STEM Activity

Catapults are a great way to teach the principles of physics, and they’re also a lot of fun to build and use.

This Catapult STEM Activity with Popsicle Sticks is a great project for kids of all ages. It’s simple to build, and it can be a lot of fun to test and adjust. The best part is that it’s cheap to make, so you won’t have to break the bank to do some serious STEM learning.

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DIY Catapult Supplies

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catapult stem activity with popsicle sticks

Recommended STEM Activity Kits

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Let’s get started!

Now that all are ready, we can start the Catapult STEM Activity by following these simple steps:

  1. Get one craft stick and attach the spoon using two rubber bands making sure that the bend in the spoon handle is over the end of the craft stick.

The first rubber band must be placed at the base of the handle and the other one is about ½ inch – 1 inch from the end of the craft stick (depending on what size stick you are using).

catapult stem activity with popsicle sticks

2. Two rubber bands must secure 7 pieces of crafts sticks.

catapult stem activity with popsicle sticks

3. Attach another craft stick underneath the craft stick with the spoon using a rubber band.

catapult stem activity with popsicle sticks and a plastic spoon attached

4. Push the stack of 7 craft sticks gently between those two craft sticks that you just attached.

catapult stem activity with popsicle sticks

5. Your catapult is done! You can try it by placing a small ball into the spoon and pressing down on the tip of the spoon to launch.

You can download or print the instructions on How to create a Catapult STEM Activity with Popsicle Sticks below.

catapult stem activity with popsicle sticks

Catapult STEM Activity with Popsicle Sticks

This is an easy-to-follow STEM Activity using popsicle sticks and rubber bands. Kids will learn how to successfully engineer a catapult with these simple materials.

Materials

  • 9 popsicles or craft sticks
  • 5 rubber bands
  • 1 plastic spoon
  • Small ball to fit inside the spoon (we used foam balls)

Instructions

1. Get one craft stick and attach the spoon using two rubber bands making sure that the bend in the spoon handle is over the end of the craft stick.

The first rubber band must be placed at the base of the handle and the other one is about ½ inch - 1 inch from the end of the craft stick (depending on what size stick you are using)

2.  Next, two rubber bands must secure 7 pieces of crafts sticks.

3.  Attach another craft stick underneath the craft stick with the spoon using a rubber band.

4.  Push the stack of 7 craft sticks gently between those two craft sticks that you just attached.

5.  Your catapult is done! You can try it by placing a small ball into the
spoon and pressing down on the tip of the spoon to launch.



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Did you give it a try to build your own catapult? Your kids will love playing with it and seeing what other items they can use to shoot with it.

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