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Trebuchet Toss

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Lesson Focus 
This lesson focuses on trebuchet design. Teams of students construct trebuchets from everyday materials. They then test their trebuchets to determine the farthest distance they can hit a target with a marshmallow projectile.
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Lesson Synopsis 
The "Trebuchet Toss" lesson explores how trebuchets were used during the Middle Ages to launch projectiles over or through castle walls. Students work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own trebuchets out of everyday items. They test their trebuchets, evaluate their results, and present to the class.

Age Levels:

12
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18
Objectives 
  • Design and build a trebuchet
  • Test and refine their designs
  • Communicate their design process and results
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students will have:

  • Designed and built a trebuchet
  • Tested and refined their designs
  • Communicated their design process and results

Lesson Activities

In this lesson, students work in teams of "engineers" to design and build their own trebuchet out of everyday items. They test their trebuchet, evaluate their results, and present to the class.

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

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