This is 'Iolani School

This is 'Iolani School

Monday, February 22, 2016

Sixth Grade S.T.E.M. Catapults

As part of their 6th grade unit on Medieval Times, all the students have to imagine, design, create (and often, improve) a catapult in their science class. Working in groups, students come up with a plan, then make prototypes out of cardboard.

Next, students use Inkscape to create a PDF that will be sent to the laser cutter, where their plan will be cut out of wood here in the Lab.

Finally, the wood pieces will be glued together and the wooden catapults are tested. We'll have more about that at a later time.

This part of the unit is total S.T.E.M. Other aspects of the Medieval unit include taking part in a Medieval Faire as alchemists, astronomers, royalty, archers, etc...all in costume and having done research on the part they are playing. This years Medieval Faire is March 8th.

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