Add a little levity along with education, the Pathfinders Catapult Kit is reliable learning and smashing good fun.
Create your own working replica of one of the most infamous and powerful of medieval siege engines - the catapult!
This building toy is the exact style of catapult used during the Middle Ages - only wood and rope, joined by wooden dowels. There are no screws or nails in this design! No elastic, no rubber, no motor, no batteries, just good old fashioned, incredible innovation. The device's swing arms rely on pure physics to send projectiles flying.
Use your to-scale model catapult, to bring down the smallest of walls. Shoot a ball of modeling clay over 15 feet when properly tuned! Loads of fun to build and use. As a science project, action toy, or desk toy, the Pathfinders toy catapult is innovation beyond expectations.
Pathfinders kits are the real thing completely based on historic machines - designed by Derek Wulff, a science educator in British Columbia.
Pathfinders Catapult Science Kit
Objects fly 10 ft or more - imaginations fly further
Discover science principles in assembly & exploration of a working device
Put together basics of physics, engineering, devices of antiquity, history
Explore the links between design, materials, and technology
Educational notes about the catapult as a siege engine are included
Kit includes wood and rope for construction
Modeling clay included- for creation of ammunition
Completed catapult: 6 in tall x 5 in wide x 10 in long
Wood glue or white glue is required for assembly, not included
All pieces are pre-cut & drilled
Safety instructions included
Assembly time: 1-2 hours
Use with adult supervision
Building this catapult allows children and adults to explore the link between design, materials and technology. Just a few extensions of play possibilities are below:
Test different weights of projectiles
Make predictions and measure distances
Experiment with tension, torsion, traction and gravity
Study trajectory and use of a power source for hurling objects
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Review of Pathfinders Catapult Kit
Posted 6/25/2012 by MELODY BRENNAN
This was purchased as a teachers gift for my sons 4th grade teacher. His teacher teaches Science and one of their units they studied LEVERS. We had purchased a trebuchet kit for my son, which we built, and he brought it in to school to demonstrate. The class loved it. So we purchased the catapult as a gift so that he could build it and share it with his future science cases when the are studying levers! The teacher loved this gift!
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