STEM – Engineering Roman Catapults

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Over the last two weeks, we have been investigating the effectiveness of different types of catapults. As Roman engineers, we have learned about pivot based catapults, elastic energy catapults and the importance of having a solid foundation. We were told the importance of trying different ideas out, our teachers were facilitators and would give us whatever we needed but we had to try, and then figure out how to apply, the techniques by ourselves. Any material we could think of was made available to us.

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At different stages, we evaluated the effectiveness of our catapults and then made changes to see if we could fire the objects further. We can’t wait to take part in more STEM activities next year.