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Projectile Motion - Ball Launcher

Projectile Motion - Ball Launcher


What could be more fun than building a machine to automatically launch balls across the room?  This kit exposes children to three of the STEAM disciplines: science (projectile motion), technology (create a circuit), and engineering (construct the frame).



Learn about Galileo's theory of projectile motion and explore key concepts such as trajectory, parabolas, and velocity.  



Learn how to make a complete circuit by wiring a battery holder to to a motor.  Which way do you need to wire the motor to make the wheels turn in the right direction?  



Construct the frame of the ball launcher using the included hardware and tools.


Key concepts:

  • Laws of Motion
  • Projectile Motion
  • Trajectory
  • Velocity
  • Parabola
  • Air Resistance
  • Complete Circuit


Related Links:

  • Galileo's Thought Experiment by PBS Learning
  • Projectile Motion by Inventors of Tomorrow
  • Grades 4-12

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