Projectile Launcher 2.0

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Hit 'em with your best shot! Build your own Launcher with TeacherGeek - send ping pong balls flying, marking the trajectory and distance of your shots and targets.

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 kicker, plunger, trebuchet, or slingshot – your imagination is the limit!

This updated (2.0) version of the original TeacherGeek Projectile Launcher has been revamped to give you even more unique design possibilities. The original version is discontinued, but you can find the original documents here.

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Age Range

4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18+

Customize this activity for the highlighted ages with tons of free labs and challenges!

This is an educational product and not a toy. Adult supervision is required.

Activity Videos

Activity Documents

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Download the Go Guide Below

Go Guide:
PDF DOCX
Start here! Build your launcher, evolve your design, and begin an engineering challenge!

Download Labs Below

Precision & Accuracy Lab:
PDF DOCX
Investigate precision and accuracy of different launch angles, learning how to measure it with basic statistics (mean & range). Ages 13+.
Hit the Target Lab:
PDF DOCX
Explore how launch angle, wind-up angle, or another variable affect's your launch distance. Ages 13+.

Download Challenge Documents Below

Compete to hit targets, knock down castle walls, or launch the greatest distance! See the Go Guide document for challenge instructions.

Go Guide:
PDF DOCX Videos
Challenge instructions are included in this document.
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, 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. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

Download Other Resources Below

Extra Protractors:
PDF DOCX
Use the protractors and ruler to make an inclinometer to measure launch angle or to measure the wind-up of your launcher! This page is already included in your Go Guide, but you can use this link to print even more.
STEAM Market-It Challenge:
PDF DOCX
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.
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, 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. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

Things You'll Need

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TeacherGeek Tools

REQUIRED

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

optional

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Recycling Bin Materials (optional - for more creative designs!)
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You will need to pre-cut the dowels for this activity, or your kids can cut them (with adult supervision).

TeacherGeek Tools

REQUIRED

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

REQUIRED

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Recycling Bin Materials (optional - for more creative designs!)
You have Bulk TeacherGeek Components?
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Make sure you have the right components - check the Go Guide (see above).

You will need to pre-cut the dowels for this activity, or your kids can cut them (with adult supervision).

TeacherGeek Tools

REQUIRED

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

optional

Slip Joint Pliers

Grab nuts, bend
wires, etc.

REQUIRED

Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

optional

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

optional

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

Other Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Recycling Bin Materials (optional - for more creative designs!)

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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NGSS Standards Spreadsheet:
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NGSS standards matrix for all TeacherGeek activities.
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet:
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ITEEA standards matrix for all TeacherGeek activities.