Catapult Challenge

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This practical problem-solving workshop is technology based and has been used in the past by schools to fit in with a topic on the Romans but works equally well as a standalone exciting engineering challenge for your class.

During the workshop, children will be guided through the main parts of catapult construction, each making a small catapult which they can keep. They will then work in pairs to use construction kits, provided by us, to tackle a challenge set by the workshop leader.

There is a competitive element to the challenge with certificates awarded in specific categories. Every child is encouraged to review their own successes during the workshop and is awarded a personalised certificate of achievement.

This workshop can take place in the classroom.

Curriculum links


Developing, planning and communicating ideas – Working with tools, equipment, materials and components to make quality products – To evaluate ideas and products A practical task


Working scientifically – Everyday materials and their properties Forces and motion


4, 5 & 6

A whole day: 2 x 2 1/2 hours sessions/workshops at £380 per day
Morning only: 1 x 2 1/2 hours sessions/workshops at £255 per morning
All materials and equipment provided. Maximum class numbers = 30 pupils


You will need to provide 1 adult helper in addition to the class teacher for each session/workshop