Using tongue depressors that have been crisscrossed and rubber banded together, fifth graders in Dustin Morris’s class at Bailey Intermediate launched candy pumpkins for a fall hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) project.
The lesson was on the relationship between force, speed, and distance. When a small amount of force was applied, the pumpkins barely flew. Using more force sent the pumpkins flying at a faster speed and to a further distance.
“It was a great lesson about force and motion, inexpensive to create, and a fun way to integrate Halloween,” said math and science instructor Dustin Morris.