Design Challenge – Build a Ball Launcher! Session 1

Tuesday, February 20th 2018

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Morgan C, Morgan B

Registration for this free event is required, and will open BY NOON on FRIDAY,  JANUARY 19.  Please register all persons in your group.  Ages 5-17. Children under 8 should be accompanied by a responsible adult.

We’re participating in the Fluor engineering challenge!  Come to one of our sessions or all three!

February 20, 2018 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

February 28, 2018 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

March 15, 2018 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Who can enter?  K-12 students. Students can enter individually or as teams of up to four students. Only one entry per team is allowed.

What do I do? Build a device to launch a ball as far as possible, and another device to catch it, all from a limited list of materials like pencils, rubber bands, paper, and tape.  The Library will have quantities of the approved materials on hand for each session.  The farther you can launch the ball (following the challenge rules) before it touches the ground, and the fewer materials you use, the higher your score. Finish your design and submit your score before the March 16, 2018 deadline to enter the contest.   The rules and procedures are further explained in the contest video (below).  Please refer any additional questions you may have to our youth services staff.

Why should I enter? Building devices to send aluminum foil balls flying across the room is fun! Plus, there are bragging rights up for grabs. Fluor will be posting top scores on their 2018 score board.  Additionally, Fluor will reward three teams, drawn at random, with a $1,000 USD check for their sponsoring organization! You give the Library the chance to win $1,000 by building and testing a ball launcher, and trying your best!

Please refer to the full description of this annual initiative at Science  Credit goes to:

Finio, Ben. “Ball Launcher Challenge” Science Buddies. Science Buddies, 21 Dec. 2017. Web. 9 Jan. 2018 <>