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Catapults capture imaginations of teens

Teens test pint-sized catapults at the Great Bend Public Library. Balls were launched across the library basement as the young engineers compared how tension affected the distance the projectiles flew.

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At the Great Bend Public Library basement Tuesday afternoon,  teens made miniature catapults out of wooden craft sticks and rubber bands.  It was one of the “Spark a Reaction” weekly teen activities planned in conjunction with the library’s summer reading program led by librarian Jennifer King.
The spirit of experimentation was high as the teens tried out their engineering skills by increasing the tightness of their rubber bands or the thickness or placement of the arm at the fulcrum of their designs.  The goal was to see how far a rubber ball could be launched, and if it could ...

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