Due to social distancing, the Easter Bunny might not be able to get into your yard to hide eggs. Design a catapult for the Easter Bunny that will launch plastic Easter eggs or Easter candy into your Easter basket from a distance. Here’s an additional challenge: Does changing the weight of the eggs by putting candy into the eggs change the distance the egg travels? Does changing the angle of the launch change the trajectory and distance of the egg’s movement?
This challenge can be completed by kids 8 and up with minimal help. Younger children will need assistance with the challenge. Older children can design and build a larger and more complex catapult. Encourage all of your children to work together on the challenge. The gadget will be more elaborate when ingenious ideas are shared. I know right now your kids may be struggling with all the “together” time and want to work alone. But I have found during classes that even kids who start out working alone will begin to share ideas with others as they work.
When designing your catapult, think of a seesaw balanced on a metal bar – the lever. When an object is placed on one side of the seesaw that side goes down to the ground. If you jumped on the side that sticks up, the seesaw pivots over the lever, your side hits the ground, and the object flies towards you. Your design will need a lever that supports and pivots the catapult arm, a strong foundation to hold the lever, plastic Easter eggs or candy to launch from the catapult, and an Easter basket.