Pom Pom Launcher

How does prototyping, testing, and refining result in higher quality designs?

30 min

Outcome(s): At the end of this lesson, learners will demonstrate skill in ideating, prototyping, testing and refining.


  • Journal
  • Journal Prompt
  • Pom poms
  • Large index cards
  • Paper drinking cups
  • Drinking straws
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • String
  • Paperclips

Teaching the Lesson:

1. Launch

Objective: Learners recall some devices that can launch things or throw things and identify the key parts and purposes of these devices.

2. Explore

Objectives: Learners demonstrate skill prototyping, testing, and refining a device that can launch a pom pom as far as possible. 

3. Summarize

Objective: Learners will engage in whole class discussion on which devices worked the best and why.