CHS Physics Annual Catapult Launch

November 17, 2022

Jonathan Thomas-Palmer’s physics classes had their annual catapult launch on Nov. 15, 2022.
The objective of the catapult project was to explore motion in two dimensions interactively by constructing a catapult that would launch a rubber stopper. For the test of accuracy, groups aimed their catapult at an inflatable pool with a bucket inside that was four meters away. Groups were awarded points based on where their rubber stopper landed in relation to the bucket. For the measurement of distance, groups launched their stoppers as far as they could, aiming for the wall across the gym.

Lewis Perry

“It was cool to have this adventure and do something like [building the catapult],” Carl Gombert said. “It’s very different from something I would usually do in one of my classes.”

With roughly a month to complete the entire project, students had to pick a design concept, build their catapult, collect data on their trajectory and make modifications to their builds all before launch day.

“It was scary because we had to rebuild [our launcher] before the testing day, so we didn’t know exactly how it would go,” Mary-Margaret Hatch said. “We had to adjust our rubber band joints to get it at the perfect angle and hold down the catapult while we launched.”

Lewis Perry

Tensions were high on launch day. The project was only graded on stand-alone group performance, however, there was still a competitive nature present in the gym. Each group had five minutes to complete three usable trials which created a lot of pressure for both the observing students and group members.

“There was definitely a learning curve,” Gombert said. “[Other students] were making fun of our launcher so we made it a priority to do better than them. Our first couple of trials didn’t go far at all, but once Thomas-Palmer gave us a tip on where to place our rubber stopper, our launcher ended up working much better.”

Leave a Comment
About the Writers
Photo of Kevin Dutton
Kevin Dutton, Journalist
Kevin Dutton is a junior at Community and will be starting his third semester on staff. Kevin can be found walking his dog with his Airpods in, running at the YMCA,  or winning a game of MarioKart. Kevin is excited to be in-person for journalism this year!
Photo of Lewis Perry
Lewis Perry, Feature Editor
Lewis Perry is a senior at Community High School in his fifth semester on staff. He is starting his first year on leadership as he takes on the role of Feature Editor for Web. When he's not listening to music, you can find him raving over new sports headlines, working out or claiming he has more time until he needs to start his homework.

The Communicator • Copyright 2024 • FLEX WordPress Theme by SNOLog in

Comments (0)

All The Communicator Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *