Reflections

With your group, compose a comment to describe your thoughts about your project. Make sure to answer the following questions:

1. What was the final cost of your catapult? Is there any way that you could have saved money?

2. What was your purpose for your catapult? Did your catapult match that purpose? Why or why not?

3. After looking at the other groups, what are some details that you liked and how would that have worked in your catapult?

4. Did you enjoy your group? Were there any conflicts? How did you work through your problems?

5. When you were researching, were there any questions that were difficult to find the answers?

6. Are there any other thoughts that you would like to share?

 

You can also reflect on your experience by using the following resources:

PhotoBooth video
Pixie voiceover
Keynote slideshow/movie
Blog and picture

 

Please click on the videos below to view our students reflect on their experiences.

 
The Attackers:

Catapult Girls:

Flying Rocks:

Godspeeders:

James Squad:

Super Settlers:

The Best Bombs:

11 Responses to Reflections

  1. Flying rocks says:

    1.Our final cost was 31.5 pounds. There was no way to save any money.
    2.The purpose of our catapult was to make it accurate far. We did match our purpose. When we tested it was accurate and far
    3.After looking at other groups we had an idea to cut a plastic cup and use it to hold the ammo and a pipe cleaner ball.
    4.We enjoyed our group because everyone cooperated.But we had some problems. We worked threw our problems by playing rock paper scissors.
    5.We had some questions that we could not find on the internet
    6.We had no other things to share.

  2. Atackers 'B Gone says:

    1. 100 pounds, we could have saved money by selling the nail.
    2. Our purpose was to go far our catapult matched our purpose it went 32 cm.
    3. Bigger ammo makes the catapult like a seesaw.
    4. We were debating on what the ammo should be and that lead to a argument.We saved it like a trying to buy the cheapest ammo.
    5. We could not find how tall it was.
    6. No.

  3. kfpowell says:

    I truly enjoyed seeing your creations. You should be so proud of your work. What wonderful engineers you all are! Thank you for sharing on Mrs. Doyle’s blog.

    Mrs. Powell
    K-5 Science Specialist

  4. The Catapult Girlz says:

    We had such a great time building our catapult. We spent 44 pounds and 10 shillings. There were a lot of ways we could of saved money the biggest one was if we didn’t buy decorations and duck tape. What was the purpose of our catapult you asked? The purpose of the catapult was distance and I’m so proud of my team for matching this goal. When we were researching there were some questions that the computer could not answer. Including: How much money will we use? Well of course the computer didn’t know that! We had a fantastic time with this project! Mrs.Doyle made a great project!

  5. The James Squad says:

    1. We used 88 pounds. We could have used duct tape instead of rubber bands to save money.
    2. Our goal was for the ammo to go high. But it did not have enough power.
    3. Some groups changed ammo. We could have changed our ammo to make it go higher.
    4. Our group was awesome. We disagreed about the ammo so we asked Hunter to decide.
    5. Yes, how heavy should it be? How far does normal ammo go? How much will it cost?
    6. No, there were not any other thoughts we would like to share.

  6. The Godspeeders says:

    1.The final cost was 49 pounds and 10 shillings. We could have saved money by using different ammo.
    2. Our catapults purpose was to shoot accurately and in the end it met its purpose and shot accurately. To make it accurate, we put a dowel in the spool.
    3. The James Squad used a lot of rubber bands. We though that was creative. We could hot glue the rubber bands to pull one part of the catapult down and let go!
    4.We enjoyed our group and our only problem was deciding the ammo. We figured out what to do by trying both.
    5.When We were researching, it was hard to find the amount of pounds it would cost.
    6.We were the only boy girl group.

    • Michele Owens says:

      What a fantastic catapult you Godspeeders created! It looks like a very efficient catapult, and I like the “decorative” accent sketch that is on the seesaw platform! It sounds like you all really worked together as a team to find some solid solutions…way to go!!! 🙂

  7. The Best BombZ says:

    1.What was the final cost of your catapult? Is there any way you could have possibly saved money? we used 95 pounds and we probably could have saved money by using less duct tape.
    2. What was your purpose of your catapult? Did you match your purpose? Why or why not? It was to go really far, and we matched that purpose. Because we used 4 rubber bands instead of 2.
    3. After looking at other groups, what are some details that you liked and how would that have worked in your catapult? We could have cut a ping-pong in half and used it to launch?
    4. Did you enjoy your group? Were there any conflicts? How did you work through your problems? We enjoyed our group, but there were conflicts on what the ammo should be, and we worked through it by agreeing on ping-pong balls.
    5. When you were researching, were there any questions that were difficult to find the answers? On some websites, it was hard because we could not find the e-mail address.
    6. Are there other thoughts that you would like to share? We made it look like a ship with pipe-cleaners.

  8. Super Settlers says:

    1. The final cost of our catapult was 94 pounds. A way we could have spent less money is by not using any duct tape.
    2.The purpose of our catapult was to shoot the ammo 1 foot high and 4 feet far. No our catapult did not match the purpose it went over. It did that because the pipe cleaner ball was heavier then the ping-pong ball so it went farther. We thought that we were going to use the ping-pong ball.
    3.We liked how the James -Squad used half of the oval block to build support on their structure. We thought that we could have used the oval half as our fulcrum. We also liked how the Catapult Girlz stayed in budget by only using dowels rubber bands and a cup to build most of their structure.
    4.Yes we enjoyed working in our groups but there were some disagreements like… when we tried to hammer the nail into the lever but the wood split, two people had ideas of how to fix the wood but they both needed to have the lever.
    5.Yes, there were some questions that we couldn’t find answers to one of them was what materials will we need?
    6. WE HAD FUN MAKING OUR CATAPULT!

  9. Greg Townsend says:

    My class looked at the plans the groups drew and we are impressed with many of the details. My class has seven groups like yours and today we matched up groups and they are looking forward to the results. My groups are busy coming up with some suggestions that will help get the most of your designs. Great job everyone and good luck with the build. We will make a few comments tomorrow but look forward to Friday to see pictures and make suggestions.

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