This unit celebrates math and science through the research, fabrication and testing of a working trebuchet.  Concepts covered are: potential energy, work, velocity, acceleration, efficiency, iterative design simulation, experiment and analysis, cost, precision, accuracy.

  • Research-What we all need to know
  • Measurement Exercise
  • Right Triangles and Trigonometry Exercise
  • Calculations for a counterweight bucket component
  • Energy Exercise
  • Projectile Motion Exercise
  • Calculating Initial Velocity
  • Trebuchet data
  • Launch and Collect!
  • Changing Factors Changes Results
  • Trebuchet Challenge Part I
  • Trebuchet Challenge Part II
  • Trebuchet Games

Time: 10-15 Hours