Engage your students with this fall-themed Pumpkin Chunkin’ STEM activity! Used as an introductory activity or as a summative assessment, this lesson is sure to excite and motivate your Physical Science students.
The object of the activity is to build a catapult that can propel a candy pumpkin 1 meter forward using materials that are given to them. The challenge becomes deciding what materials will give them enough force to propel the pumpkin into the air. My students love the freedom that they have in this activity to become mechanical engineers that can design and build their own catapults. This activity has been used in high school, middle school, and upper elementary Science classes.
This lesson plan is aligned to middle and high school NGSS standards as well as most state standards and includes a 5-E lesson plan, teacher instructions page, a student guide (with inquiry questions), and a target template that becomes a game for early finishers or students that need a challenge.
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