How to Design and Build an Efficient Trebuchet

Warning, there are about to be a lot of projectile objects in your home.

It’s officially October which means it’s time to throw away all that old gross candy that nobody ate from last year. You could just throw it in the garbage, or you could let your kids use it as a payload (a projectile) for their trebuchet.

If you remember from a previous post, we taught you how to build a catapult to launch all of your old Halloween candy. Today we are back to show you how to make an even bigger and better trebuchet. If you don’t know what a trebuchet is, don’t worry, it’s just a fancy French word for a type of catapult that uses a long arm to throw things.

In the video, How to Design and Build an Effective Trebuchet, Isaac teaches us how to make our very own trebuchet that will allow kids to fling candy and other small objects. This project will allow kids to put on their engineering hats and be hands on in creating their own catapulting machine. Building and using a trebuchet is so fun, I mean, what kid doesn’t like to throw/ fling things? We just warn you to be careful what you choose to fling, and where you fling it.

This is a more advanced project meant for middle school aged kids and above. If you are looking for something a little simpler for those younger kiddos, we suggest checking out our candy catapult.

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