Pumpkins - How far can they go?

Students in 3rd - 5th grade at Timberline recently had a design challenge in their Science STEM Classes. They collaborated in groups to make a catapult that would launch a candy corn pumpkin. The students went through the design process, starting with the "ideate" phase.  Watching the students brainstorm which design would be best to build was fabulous. Once the groups decided which design they wanted to prototype, the creating began! Students were given the challenge knowing that at the end of the week they would be testing their designs. They were going to compare the distance of the pumpkins and give each other feedback on why the pumpkins went that far. The launches were a learning experience for all.