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Its time to make a catapult.

Welcome to our first-ever week of programming for kids!

We wanted to launch some marshmallows, so we built a miniature machine based on Leonardo da Vincis designs.

Leonardo da Vinci was a famous artist and inventor, and his sketchbooks include a couple of catapult drawings that you can use to make a catapult model. We did just that, and it was a lot of fun.

Catapults have a long history, going back to the ancient world (and appearing all across it, from China to Rome). They were used throughout history to bombard castle walls and enemies with projectiles, and they were adapted in the Middle Ages into agents of biological warfare. There are different types, like a mangonel, a trebuchet, and a ballista, each of which has its own unique advantages.

Our catapult is inspired by da Vincis, and it features some really creative ways to generate and store power. We hope you like it and maybe youll try it yourself!

You can find the model we used here:

Thanks to Maymont for letting us shoot our video there:

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