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Castles and Catapults Challenge

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer
Field Trip, Off Campus Professional Development, Other
Prof. Dev., 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted, Special Ed, Bilingual


In this two- and half-hour program, participants will have the opportunity to have free unstructured play in the Climb, Crawl, Slide sculpture, explore the lower level play installations, and learn the creative process through creative instruction. Castles and Catapults allows participants to work in groups to design and build castles and catapults using simple materials such as a cardboard box, popsicle sticks and rubber bands. This lesson reviews force, motion and energy and changes that occur. After they build their catapults they will test for distance and accuracy. Then they will use iteration to improve on their designs, take ideas from their environment and have creative expression. They will learn about the physics of stored energy and how fulcrum points change the results. When their catapults and castles are complete, they will try to take down their opponent’s castle by launching their bolder/fluff ball into their opponent’s castle.

Students Will

  • be inspired by grade level appropriate lessons about force and motion
  • apply the laws of motion to the challenge of building a working catapult
  • test their catapults and make changes to the catapult to improve its structure and launching capabilities
  • create a unique catapult


Dates: August 2019 - July 2020
Times: 9:30 - 12:00 or 12:30-3:00
Duration: 2.5 hours
School Fee: Price Per Student: $11.00
Minimum Attendance: 25
Maximum Attendance: 150
Bilingual: No
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Instructions: •Group reservation – Fees range from $10-$20 per student, per 2.5-hour session, depending on which wildly creative activity is chosen. •For more information and to register, please visit
Deadline: 2 weeks prior
Cancellation Policy: In the event that you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, and your request is received by SPARK! with more than 30-days notice, you will receive a 25% refund of amount already paid. If SPARK! is closed due to circumstances beyond our control (e.g. inclement weather, utility outage, or any other issue that may prohibit our ability to deliver a true SPARK! experience) all programs will automatically be canceled and 100% refund will be issued. If SPARK! is open, but your group chooses not to come, no refund will be issued. NOTE: If the Dallas Independent School District closes for inclement weather, so does SPARK! If you have questions as to whether or not SPARK! is open during inclement weather, you can check,, (972) 925-3700 or (214) 421-7727.
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