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Ping-Pong Ball / Projectile Launcher Activity

$9.00

Advanced, Single SKU: 1823-04

Advanced, 10 Pack SKU: 1823-05

Basic, Single SKU: 1822-78

Basic, 10 Pack SKU: 1823-06

Hit 'em with your best shot! 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. Redesign your launcher with greater accuracy and precision through the optional labs and graphing sheets, then compete in exciting design challenges. Change one variable at a time, utilizing scientific and engineering methods to successfully hit targets. Use recycling bin materials or extra components to build a catapult, ram or sling-shot – your imagination is the limit! Build once, tinker forever.

Launcher Educational Goals

  • Utilize the design and engineering process
  • Encourage creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
  • Learn about kinetic and potential energy
  • Apply the scientific method
  • Innovate (design, build and evolve your own unique launcher)

Completing the

Ping Pong Ball/

Projectile Launcher

Actitvity with Ages 6-11

For ages 12 and up, click here

If you are working with ages 6-11, you can choose how to complete the Launcher Activity.

  • Choice #1 Without Labs: Go straight from the Build Guide to the Engineering Challenges, skipping the Optional Labs. This option works well when you’re doing the activity outside of a classroom, in a Makerspace, as a self-directed activity, or just for fun.
  • Choice #2 With Labs: Start with the Build Guide. After the build, Optional Labs will help you learn more about rotors and the effect on turbine output voltage. Once finished, move on to m your design in the Engineering Challenge. This option works well when you want to teach this activity to a class or during a class visit to a Makerspace.

MS Word or PDF - Which document format should you download? Always download the PDF document, unless you want to edit/change it. If you want to edit/change the document, download the MS Word (Microsoft Word) version.

Build Guide

Start by building the Launcher using the Build Guide. This will be a great design to get you started. You’ll start to create your own amazing designs during the engineering challenges.

  • Basic Build Guide: PDF or MS Word -- Use this Guide if you’ve purchased the Basic Launcher.
  • Advanced Build Guide: PDF or MS Word-- Use this Guide for the Advanced Launcher.
  • Launcher Protractor: PDF -- Sheets of protractors for your launcher

Optional Labs

Your launcher is built. Explore precision, accuracy, and scientific measurement by downloading the lab below. If not, move on to the Engineering Challenges.

  • Precision & Accuracy Lab: PDF or MS Word-- (Suggested Grade Levels: 2-4)
  • Answer Key: PDF-- Password Protected.

Predict where different launch angles will land using graphs, curves of best fit and estimation. These tips and tricks will help with the Engineering Challenges.

  • How to Hit the Target Graphing: PDF or MS Word-- (Suggested Grade Levels: 4 and up)

Engineering Challenges

It’s time to take what you know about projectile launchers and take it to the next level. Download the Engineering Challenges below, and begin to craft and improve your launcher to beat the competition.

Optional Resources

Engineering Notebooks

Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are 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 activities.

  • Simple Engineering Notebook: PDF
  • Engineering Notebook: PDF
  • Elementary Launcher Notebook: : PDF or MS Word

STEAM Market-It Challenge

Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed TeacherGeek activity to teach students how to turn their TeacherGeek design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.

Completing the

Ping Pong Ball/

Projectile Launcher

Actitvity with Ages 12 and Up

For ages 6-11, click here

If you are working with ages 6-11, you can choose how to complete the Launcher Activity.

  • Choice #1 Without Labs: Go straight from the Build Guide to the Engineering Challenges, skipping the Optional Lab. This option works well when you’re doing the activity outside of a classroom, in a Makerspace, as a self-directed activity, or just for fun.
  • Choice #2 With Labs: Start with the Build Guide. After the build, an Optional Lab will help you learn more about rotors and the effect on turbine output voltage. Once finished, move on to improve your design in the Engineering Challenge. This option works well when you want to teach this activity to a class or during a class visit to a Makerspace.

MS Word or PDF - Which document format should you download? Always download the PDF document, unless you want to edit/change it. If you want to edit/change the document, download the MS Word (Microsoft Word) version.

Build Guide

Start by building the Launcher using the Build Guide. This will be a great design to get you started. You’ll start to create your own amazing designs during the engineering challenges.

  • Basic Build Guide: PDF or MS Word -- Use this Guide if you’ve purchased the Basic Launcher.
  • Advanced Build Guide: PDF or MS Word-- Use this Guide for the Advanced Launcher.

Optional Lab

Your launcher is built. Explore precision, accuracy, and scientific measurement by downloading the lab below. If not, move on to the Engineering Challenges.

  • How to Hit the Target: Kinematic Equations PDF or MS Word-- (Suggested Grade Levels: 6 and Up)

Engineering Challenges

It’s time to take what you know about projectile launchers and take it to the next level. Download the Engineering Challenges below, and begin to craft and improve your launcher to beat the competition.

Optional Resources

Engineering Notebooks

Available at two different learning levels, the TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are 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 activities.

  • Simple Engineering Notebook: PDF
  • Engineering Notebook: PDF
  • Elementary Launcher Notebook: : PDF or MS Word

TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

What tools will you need to do this activity?

Process

Process Description

Recommended Tool

Alternate Tool

Cutting

Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.

Multi-Cutter

Saw, Pruning Shears

Reaming

Change splined holes in components from press fit (dowels press and stay) to loose fit (dowels are able to slide and rotate).

Reamer

#3 Drill Bit and Drill

Screwing

Tighten and loosen screws

Screwdriver

None

Holding and Pulling

Hold nuts, pull apart components

Pliers

None

Sets of tools can be found here.

Make your Launcher even better by incorporating recycling bin material.

Launcher Components

What's in the Ping-Pong Ball / Projectile Launcher Activity?

Component: Adv 10pk Quantity: Adv Single Quantity: 10pk Quantity:
Connector Strips 40 4 20
Perpendicular Blocks 80 8 100
1.5” Screws 20 2 10
1" Screws 100 10 10
300mm Slide-Stop Material 3 1/3 (100mm) 3
Rubber Bands 100 8 100
Dowels 60 6 50
Hole Plates 20 2 10
Stop Clips 40 4 20
Hex Nuts 100 12 20
Angle Brackets 20 2 0
3" Steel Wire 10 1 10
Locking Hex Nuts 20 2 20
Galvanized Wire 1 1 1

This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 9 and above with adult supervision.

Science, Math & Engineering 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

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