A combination of studying history and applying problem solving skills has kids catapult back into time – with a catapult they have designed themselves.
At Meade Park Elementary School, fifth grade students used modern skills to go back in time to the Middle Ages by creating small catapults. They have been studying the Middle Ages this semester, and combined their problem solving and math skills with studies of knights, battles, jousts, and the way people lived during medieval times.
62 students in Tanner Delaurier’s and Amanda Lappin’s classes have been learning about the history of the middle ages, with a bit of STEM curriculum as well.
“We were starting a new social studies unit when we came back to school, so we thought we would try out making a weapon they would have used to protect their castle,” Lappin said. “They learned how energy is transferred and about trajectory angles.”