How to make a Popsicle Stick Catapult

This catapult activity is a fun STEM activity that will unleash your kids inner engineer! Get ready to launch into a world of learning with this STEM activity for kids! Your kids will love learning how to make a popsicle stick catapult.

Catapult Stem Activity

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How to Make a Popsicle Stick Catapult

It may seem hard at first, but your popsicle stick catapult design will only take a few minutes.

Step 1: First, stack 5 of the craft sticks and rubber band them at each end.

Tie 5 sticks together

Step 2: Then wrap one rubber band around the very end of the other two craft sticks.

Step 3: Slide the stack of 5 craft sticks between the other two sticks.

Slide in stack

Step 4: Use adhesive dots to stick the cap on to the craft stick that is facing up. Glue is another option to stick the cap to the stick.

Test your catapult

Step 5: Test your catapult! Place a small pom-pom or soft object on the cap. Pull back the arm and let it go, watching as your creation springs into action. Adjust the rubber bands if needed.

Fantastic! You’ve just built your own popsicle stick catapult!

Optional versions:

You can use a spoon instead of the top stick to fling bigger items!

Catapult in Action

Let the Learning Begin!

Experiment with different launch angles and observe how far the projectiles travel. Measure and record the distances to compare the results.

Investigate how changing the tension of the rubber bands affects the distance and accuracy of your launches.

You can also create a target on a piece of paper or board and assign point values to different sections. Our daughter came up with this idea on her own and challenged her brother.

Remember, learning can be a fun adventure when combined with hands-on activities like building a popsicle stick catapult. So let your creativity soar and have fun experimenting!

What is the Science behind the Catapult

The catapult is a fun way to learn about physics. Why are catapults able to launch objects so far? When you pull back on the popsicle stick, the potential energy gets stored up. When released, the potential energy turns into kinetic energy! Kinetic energy is the energy an object has due to its motion. The gravity eventually pulls the object that was launched back to the ground.

Catapult Square Image

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Grab some simple household supplies and you will be well on your way!

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