How many ways can you launch a ping pong ball into the air?

Last Saturday myself and several other SWE members participated in the College and Career Expo at Harper College.  We had a booth full of information from Engineer Your Future and fun giveaway from some sponsoring companies.  We also had a room where kids could build ping pong call launchers using paint sticks, small paper cups, duct tape and wooden spindles.

The kids were a bit daunted to begin with because we gave them very little direction.  We wanted them to be creative and it seem to have worked.  They all impressed me with their design and construction skills, especially the ones who launched multiple balls at a time.  Let me assure you that they all earned their “Future Engineer” pins.


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