The mood was tense in Mr. Yates’ classroom as students carefully positioned and tested their devices. It was finally here: the 8th Grade Catapult Competition!
On Wednesday, April 24, I was privileged to view part of this event, as Mr. Yates’ F Block students’ hard work came to fruition. In this annual 8th grade science tradition, students apply their understanding of the principles of physics, along with a healthy dose of teamwork, to create a competition-worthy device. While I did not witness the conclusion of this event–which took place over several class periods–I did enjoy some very entertaining “near misses” as Mr. Yates and others dodged some of the farther ping pong ball launches!