LAKE GROVE, NY — Design and engineering principles propelled students during a competition catapulting pumpkin erasers at Wenonah Elementary School in Lake Grove.
Fifth graders were challenged to construct a catapult that could perform best in three challenges: testing distance, power, and accuracy.
Separated into teams, students constructed their catapults from household materials such as spoons, rubber bands, Popsicle sticks, and canned vegetables. Once the creations were finalized, the students competed with their classmates in catapulting the pumpkin erasers to select the winning team from their class that would move on to the grade-level competition.
After the testing, the students competed in a schoolwide competition, yet again testing distance, power, and accuracy. To the cheers of their classmates, students competed in several rounds before a winner was named for the best overall catapult and best distance catapult.