"A catapult is a thing you put one thing down and you put another thing down and you shoot something." -Sevi
Children have been returning to the catapults, constructing and reconstructing these levers to test new ideas. Through this play they are asking:
How can we make this lever catapult an object higher?
What makes a catapult work best?
Though the levers do work, the tape has it’s limitations.
"It's not going to work because it's taped on. It's not moving." Ryan
"I'm making this bigger (taller) so it can go so far." Sevi
We introduced rubber bands as another means to attach the catapult parts. With various lengths and widths, the rubber bands introduced new variables to test.
"The double catapult goes in two directions." Chester
Of the different designs, a small group decides one catapult works the best.
"This one works the best. I stretched two across." Birdie
"This one goes lower." Brooke, describing how the lever reaches the ground at a steeper angle.
"Yeah, Birdie's is the best. That's a really bad catapult. [The lever] doesn't even go up." Ryan
"Should I take some [rubber bands] off?" Charlie
What makes that one work so well? Emily
"It's because it's really loose." Birdie
What have we learned through our play?
What have these experiments taught us about catapults?
what have catapults taught us about weight, height, size, balance, and force?
To guide our entire studio community through a process of reflection, we invited a small group of children to begin planning an instructional video. This project will ask us to reflect on what we have figured out and how we can best explain this knowledge to others. We anticipate children will continue to challenge each other's thinking as they work to build and communicate a shared understanding.
Lincoln Nursery School is a non-sectarian, non-profit, cooperative nursery school, serving 60 children ages 2.9 to 6 years old. Our community is composed of families from many surrounding towns.
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