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Can You Craft A Snowball Launcher?


Who doesn’t love to throw snowballs? Well what if we created a SNOWBALL LAUNCHER?!?

Are you up for the challenge? Let's design a snowball launcher! How many can you catapult at a time?

What you need per group...

What you need to do...

  • Start by breaking students up into groups of three or solo if distance/virtual learning.
  • Have students create a team name.
  • Tell students that the objective of this challenge is to engineer a Snowball Launcher
  • Students will begin brainstorming the way they want their Snowball Launcher designed, students will create a sketch.
    • Keep in mind the following requirements:
      • Cotton Ball must not fall off while loading
      • We want Distance on our Cotton Ball
  • Once the sketch is completed, students will gather the materials that they will use for the design. 
    • Students get to choose between:
      • Popsicle Sticks
      • Spoons
      • Rubber Bands
      • Small Cups
      • Toilet paper, or Paper Towel Rolls (empty) 
  • Students will then assemble the Snowball Launcher 
  • Once completed students will then take a cotton ball or two and see how far they can launch it! 
  • Make any changes after the first round, and make notes on the Creator Sheet on the distance and the changes made. 

We would love to see you try this STEM Challenge. Share your results with us through social media! 

Happy Making,

Maker Maven

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