Ping-Pong Ball / Projectile Launcher Activity


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)

Launcher Activity Document Downloads

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TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

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Process Description

Recommended Tool 

Alternate Tool


Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.


Saw, Pruning Shears


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


#3 Drill Bit and Drill


Tighten and loosen screws



Holding and Pulling

Hold nuts, pull apart components



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