Year 7 students have worked in teams to design and construct working model trebuchets. Students firstly investigated catapult and trebuchet, purpose and design, from a historical perspective before using an online simulation application to determine best design characteristics. The applied physics knowledge gained through the simulation activity assisted students to plan, design and construct a functional working model and test their hypothesis in terms of both the physics associated with the design and also the construction techniques used in their model. All students were successful in producing a working model and several students were able to launch a golf ball very accurately to land on a target placed at distance.
Year 7 Trebuchets