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How to Chunk a Pumpkin

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Third grade students in Ms. Gorman’s class at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School were recently tasked with creating a catapult that could launch a plastic pumpkin at a specific target. Called Chunkin’ Punkin’ Challenge, the activity was the culmination of a unit on force and motion and the students’ newly acquired knowledge on the scientific method.

Using Google as a reference, the students divided into teams with a parent volunteer and gathered supplies, which included meter sticks, rulers, sticks, spoons, tape and more. This was the first time the students had the chance to collaborate in a group since the pandemic. The teams of students had to synergize to create a catapult that would complete their ultimate task, to propel a small plastic pumpkin at a target.

The students were allowed three trials, and like scientists, carefully recorded their methods and results. They learned that the pumpkins move in a particular direction because of the amount of force and the direction of the catapult, making changes as they completed their trials.

Date Added: 11/18/2022

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