Do you know what a catapult is? It is an ancient device used for throwing large rocks. It was mostly used as a weapon to throw things either very far or very high up over walls during times of war. How do you think people built catapults? What are some of the main components to a catapult? How did they make them accurate? These are questions you might need to think about since this month’s challenge is to build a catapult. You won’t be using it for rocks or as a weapon, but to fling a popular candy of the month, candy corn. Your challenge is to build a catapult that either throws the candy corn the furthest distance, the highest, to be the most accurate, to knock down the most items. Bonus points for making one that does well in more than one category.
Your catapult does have some criteria and constraints. Only the materials provided can be used in your design. While testing out your device, there can only be three trials for each category. Each contraption has to be built with at least four different materials. Finally, the catapults should all be tested fairly when launching.
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