How to Make Egg Launchers

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A well-constructed launcher is a simple but effective tool used to project eggs and a variety of other objects. Throughout history, launchers and projectiles have been used as powerful weapons to attack enemies. Today, building catapults is a popular hobby both at home and in the classroom. Designing and building launchers is a popular science project that enables students to demonstrate their understanding of the laws of physics, gravity and projection.

Things You'll Need

  • Block of wood approximately 6 inches long, 3 inches wide and 1 inch deep
  • Wood glue
  • Large clothespin
  • Wood cube about 1-inch by 1-inch
  • Popsicle stick
  • Plastic container
  • Lay the 6-inch block on a flat surface.

  • Glue the clothespin lengthwise in the center of the wood block.

  • Allow time for the glue to completely dry. Glue the 1-inch cube to the tip of the open end of the clothespin. Be sure to glue only half of the cube onto the end of the clothespin.

  • Allow time for the glue to dry. Glue the flat side of the Popsicle stick to the top surface of the cube, leaving about 2/3 of the stick free. Be sure the stick is securely attached to the wood cube.

  • Glue the small container to the end of the Popsicle stick, leaving enough room when you push down to launch the egg.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any light plastic container can be used as long as it securely holds the egg in place before you launch it.
  • Launchers vary in size and construction materials. Experiment with these variables to build launchers capable of projecting objects over longer distances.

References

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