Catapults away!

On February 15, 2017, Trigg County High School completed Dynamics: Trebuchets & Catapults , a MakerMinded activity.

The PBL on dynamics will introduce students to the essential concepts underlying the principles of movement and conservation of energy. Students will also apply algebraic and geometric concepts related to transformations on a coordinate plane to collaboratively design and build a life-size maze. Along with the study of motion, students will construct a Pumpkin Chunkin’ launching device (Trebuchet/Catapult) to test Newton’s Laws and acceleration due to gravity and interpret the results of the quantitative data.

From The Submitter:

Students have the opportunity to learn design concepts, make prototypes, learn from trial and error, and hone their prototyping skills. Supports engineering goals and properties. Students enjoyed launching things to see who could launch their catapult the furthest. They enjoyed using the materials that they had to accomplish the task, and competing against each other to see who could do better. Goals listed in classroom goals in the first paragraph.

student quote: "This is awesome!"

About Our Program:

The Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) national manufacturing institute, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Foundation for Kentucky Industry (FKI), and Tennessee Tech University's iCube are working to spread the MakerMinded program to schools throughout Kentucky. MakerMinded is a workforce initiative created with the purpose of generating manufacturing mindsets in middle and high school students. Using the digital platform provided by, schools can find and complete activities related to manufacturing and STEM, earn points, and move their way up the online leaderboard as they gauge their progress against other schools in the state.

The goal of the program is to immerse more students in STEM and manufacturing learning experiences, increase the number of students pursuing further STEM education and training, encourage students to develop foundational technical skills, and expose under-represented populations to manufacturing and STEM fields.

"If we continue to allow students to turn away from STEM education without providing them the opportunity and encouragement to continue it, then we are doing them and our country a disservice," said Larry Brown, Executive Director of LIFT.

To learn more about MakerMinded and get your school involved, visit or contact MakerMinded's Manager for Kentucky, Brittany Garrett, at

This submission was published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 11:59 by Michelle.strickland.
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