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How would you teach 13th century catapult construction to high school carpentry students?

Sep 6, 2016 5:08pm

  • Arts / English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies / Technology
  • 9-12
  • Assessment / Class Culture / Engagement / English Language Learners / Planning


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    • Sep 6, 2016 6:56pm

      Have you Googled any videos about the annual "Punkin Chunkin" in Delaware? They have multiple categories of catapults--from air cannon to the classic trebuchets (big and small). Check it out. I showed videos of these to 6th grade students who were studying medieval siege tactics on castles. They were totally engrossed in trying to research and understand how they worked, different kinds of designs, etc.

      • Sep 28, 2016 7:03pm

        I would use the engineering design process. Have the students research the topic. While it may not match high school history standards, I would involve a history teacher (or other subject areas if possible) in the preliminary research. I would then the students create individual designs (include measurements as well justification statements) in the their engineering design notebooks (work in English standards). Discuss as a small group. Collaborate on a team design. Build. Test. Evaluate data. Present/ share findings. Rebuild and test again. Document and justifying the entire time in their notebooks. Sounds like a fun, multi-disciplinary project!