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5th Graders Create Air Cannon to Launch a Pom-Pom

De Marillac Academy 5th graders took on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Challenge in Science class.  Students worked in small groups to create their very own “Pom-Pom Blaster.”  The blaster had to launch a pom-pom into the air and had to travel at least two feet to qualify.  The groups could only use the materials that were given to them, which included:

  • 3-4 pom-poms
  • cardstock paper
  • 5 straws
  • 5 craft sticks
  • 5 rubber bands
  • 2 Styrofoam cups
  • scissors and tape

Students had to brainstorm, design, and build their contraptions in less than fifty minutes.  Students created Pom-Pom Blasters that ranged in style from catapults to sling-shots.  The room was filled with lots of laughter, excited discussion, and not to mention, flying pom-poms!  It was truly incredible to see the creativity, teamwork, and engineering minds of fifth graders!  As Ms. Meaghan Osborne, 5th Grade Teacher, shared, “There are definitely future engineers in the fifth grade class!”  Click here to watch a video of one pom-pom blaster in action!

Posted on: January 12th, 2017

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