Basic Projectile Launcher Activity Documents

Basic Projectile Launcher Activity Documents

Basic Projectile Launcher Activity Document Downloads

Hit 'Em With Your Best Shot - Fire Away!
Build your own Projectile Launcher with TeacherGeek - send ping pong balls flying, marking the trajectory and distance of your shots and targets. The Build Guide will get you started. Re-design your launcher with greater accuracy and precision with the optional labs and graphing sheets, then compete in exciting design challenges. Use the engineering design process to make your launcher better - using extra components and recycling materials is encouraged!

Make It Your Own:
The documents for this activity are available in PDF and Microsoft Word format.
If you wish to edit a document, simply download the Microsoft Word format.

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This brief Build Guide will help you get started designing and engineering your own unique launcher. Start by building the example Launcher, then move on to the lab activity to learn about designing for accuracy and precision.

This build guide has everything you need to construct an example Basic Projectile Launcher, along with your own designs through the Engineering Process. Perfect for libraries, boy and girl scouts, science fairs, kitchen table, maker fairs and after-school use.

Basic Build Guide - PDF
Basic Build Guide - Editable Word Document


Download the Classroom Overview

This brief overview covers the Projectile Launcher documents, activity procedure, educational alignment standards, concepts, vocabulary, background information, and supplementary resources. Outlines procedure for the Design & Engineering Challenges

Classroom Overview - PDF
Classroom Overview - Editable Word Document

Learn all about precision, accuracy and scientific measurement in the Precision & Accuracy Lab. There is an answer key for the lab activity as well. Don't worry, the PDF is password protected. Use the code included with your order.

Precision & Accuracy Lab - PDF
Precision & Accuracy Lab - Editable Word Document
Answer Key - PDF, Password Protected 


Download the Graphing & Launching Sheet

Learn how to predict where different launch angles will land using graphs, curves of best fit and estimation. This tips and tricks worksheet is a great supplement to the Design & Engineering Challenges.

How to Hit the Target: Graphing - PDF 

How to Hit the Target: Graphing - Editable Word Document

With the optional Engineering Challenges, you can craft and improve your Projectile Launcher. Design, build, test and evolve different trigger mechanisms for competition. Remember, in design, you are never truly done - there is always a better solution! 

Bull's-Eye Challenge
Bull's-Eye Challenge - Editable Word Document 

Moving Target Challenge - PDF 
Moving Target Challenge - Editable Word Document 

STEM Siege Challenge - PDF 
STEM Siege Challenge - Editable Word Document

Elementary Launcher Engineering Notebook - PDF
Elementary Launcher Engineering Notebook - Editable Word Document


Electromagnet For Fun Build Guide

Download the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook

Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebook is designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. It is recommended that extra pages are printed and on-hand during the activity.

Simple Engineering Notebook - PDF
Engineering Notebook - PDF

Other useful resources:

TeacherGeek Quick Start Guide
Guide for using TeacherGeek products

Launcher Protractor
Sheet of protractors for Projectile Launcher

Printable Ruler
See how your Launcher measures up

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Science & Math Standards

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Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download - PDF
NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet

International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet