Science, Maths & Technology
  • Activity
  • 10 mins
  • Level 1: Introductory

DIY Science: Catapult

Updated Thursday 24th August 2006

Discover the history of the mangonel - and make a desktop version to protect your lunch!

You need the Flash Player (version 6 or higher) to view this - download Flash. http://www2.open.ac.uk/openlearn/mangonel/mangonel.swf

This is a Flash file. There is also a PDF version available.

Take it further

Explore What The Ancients Did For Us

How do you make a history programme when your presenter is being attacked with ancient weapons?

 

For further information, take a look at our frequently asked questions which may give you the support you need.

Have a question?

Other content you may like

Jonathan's Carriacou diary: Transmitter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Jonathan's Carriacou diary: Transmitter

Jonathan Hare's Time and Transmitters diary, from the BBC/OU series Rough Science 2

Article
Crowd Pressure: Confused by the terms used in the programme? Creative commons image Icon 58/365 -- Thirteen Stone / davidd / CC BY 2.0 under Creative-Commons license article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Crowd Pressure: Confused by the terms used in the programme?

Spot the unusual terminology in Bang's 'Crowd Pressure' episode? Stephen Serjeant and Ian Johnston explain how scientists sometimes abbreviate units when talking to each other

Article
DIY: Make Your Own Camera Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: OU article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

DIY: Make Your Own Camera

Step-by-step guide on how to make your own camera, part of the BBC/OU's programme website for Rough Science 1

Article
Metal detector Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Metal detector

Outline of how to make a metal detector, one of the scientists' challenges on the BBC/OU series Rough Science 3

Article
How to build a real lightsaber Creative commons image Icon JD Hancock under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

How to build a real lightsaber

Creating a light yet powerful tool that uses a blade of energy to defeat the Dark Side and also act as an effective shield against laser blasts is tricky. Here's a start: 

Article
article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Ice Challenge Glossary

Some of the key terms associated with making ice

Article
Is time the same for everyone? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Is time the same for everyone?

We all start off thinking there is just the one time – the same for everyone. Professor Russell Stannard illustrates how relativity theory shows this not to be the case.

Article
Challenge: Make Ice Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Challenge: Make Ice

The science behind using cooling liquids to make ice, part of the BBC/OU's programme website for Rough Science 2

Article
Kathy's Carriacou diary: Transmitter Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Production team article icon

Science, Maths & Technology 

Kathy's Carriacou diary: Transmitter

Kathy Sykes's Time and Transmitters diary, from the BBC/OU series Rough Science 2

Article