Super Slinger Engineering Challenge

How well can you launch a ping-pong ball? Small groups design launchers that can launch a ping-pong ball 20 feet into a target. The teams follow the engineering design process as they develop a solution that meets the design requirements. The groups collect and evaluate data from their prototype testing and make recommendations for revisions. 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Research the engineering design process and review it with the class before beginning the process
  • Have the teams share their design drawings with other teams to get feedback and suggestions
Classroom Considerations

  • You need an open space in order for teams to test their designs
  • The challenge is the first of a four-part series
Pros

  • The worksheets are in PDF and docx format
  • Contains assessments to check for pupil understanding before, during, and after the activity
Cons

  • None