Beyond computer programming (Scratch), physical computing (Arduino) and other electronics related concepts, last week’s workshop with middle-school students at Kepler Tech Lab was about to teach them how to use woodworking and metalworking tools, such hacksaw, drilling machine, etc… through the construction of Trebuchet. “A trebuchet is a type of catapult that works by using the energy of a raised counterweight to throw a projectile.”
The workshop of building the trebuchet was not only about launching things (maybe a stone) in the atmosphere tho it was the heart of experiment but also the application of physics and mathematics, not to mention the ability to use wood and metal working tools.
9th graders explored the principles of physics and mathematics. They learned the application of kinetic energy and gravitational energy and well able to the two energies.