Wenatchee Valley Museum Online Classes: DIY Catapult
Dear Wenatchee Valley Museum friends and neighbors,
While our buildings are closed, our staff is continuing to work both on and off site finding ways to bring the Museum to you. We are excited to launch both Virtual Tours and Online Classes on our YouTube channel. We hope you will subscribe and join us in our virtual community!
You should already have all the supplies you need at your house: popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and a spoon.
A catapult uses weights and levers to send rocks and other objects in the air. Catapults are an awesome way to observe gravity, kinetic energy, and potential energy! But we don’t recommend using rocks indoors. Stay safe inside by using marshmallows, plastic eggs, or even balls made from crumpled paper.
Experiment with different objects. Do you think the weight of the object will make a difference on how far or fast it will go? Watch the video to learn how to build your own catapult and find out for yourself.
Be sure to share a photo of your creation with us in the comments section!
Have you ever seen the Apple Sorter in the Apple Industry Exhibit at the Museum?
Our apple sorter was used by Frank Nelson on a ranch in Sunnyslope during the 1920s. Apples run down a conveyor belt to be washed and are then sorted into canvas bins.
Can you guess how the apples are sorted? That’s right, CATAPULT!
Want to see it in action? A Virtual Tour of our Apple Sorter will be coming to your screen soon, so stay tuned for more from our virtual community!
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If you enjoyed this lesson on catapults, use the links below to learn more!