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High-Flying Fruit Flinging

Photo of Prof. J.C. Sanders and the two winners of the design competition, Laura and Rachel Bennett. Photo from the USAO article.

The University of Arts and Sciences of Oklahoma (USAO) published an article on my future-brother-in-law’s successful efforts to engage students directly physics by having them design, construct, and fire home-built catapults.

I’m particularly fond of the winning design (discussed in the article), for its extremely clever use of both weight(s) and leverage.

Students get into ‘fling’ of things with catapult competition | The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Usao


Looking like a cross between a weight bench and a guillotine, even the device’s designers, sisters Rachel and Laura Bennett of Oklahoma City, were a little uncertain about what might happen next….