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Kelcey Kalumbula, owner of Cloud 9 Workshop, at 5205 W. North Ave. in Milwaukee, believes that art provides great edu-tainment opportunities. And it's not just about being creative; Kalumbula emphasizes that crafting is actually just as scientific as it is artsy. She says, "I believe both art and science require problem-solving. When you're experimenting, whether it be in art or science, things don't always go as planned. You must problem-solve and find alternative solutions."

This focus on experimentation and problem-solving, as well as the curiosity sparked by both science and art, is why Kalumbula starts her after-school and preschool workshops with a science experiment.

Kelcey shares a great idea for melding science and art with her crazy catapult craft. She says this is a great project to try at home because kids of all ages love it, and, since there's no glue needed, there's very little mess!

Kids can get scientific with this project by building their first catapult, testing to see how far they can make a pom pom fly, and then adjusting the placement of the rubber bands, the sizes of the sticks or the type of plastic spoon to see which combinations score the best launching points!

The only supplies you need are various sizes of craft sticks, rubber bands, plastic spoons and pom poms.

Here's what your little artsy scientists need to do:

  • Stack 7 craft sticks and secure each end of the stack with a rubber band.
  • Make a separate stack of 2 craft sticks and secure each end of the stack with a rubber band.
  • Slide the stack of 7 sticks between the stack of 2 sticks (so the larger stack is underneath the rubber band joint of the smaller stack).
  • Secure a plastic spoon on the end of a single craft stick with a rubber band.
  • Place a pom pom on the spoon, pull the spoon back and test your catapult!

A more detailed tutorial can be found at the Cloud 9 Workshop website at cloud9workshop.org/tutorial-crazy-catapults.

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