Recently, Harmon Middle School's Media Center Makerspace program held it’s annual K’Nex Catapult Challenge on Jan. 31. Throughout the month of January, during the students rec time they designed, created, tested and ultimately launched catapults built entirely from K’Nex and a supplied rubber band. The projectile was a Pink Pearl Eraser. There were three categories that students competed in: distance, least amount of pieces used and best design. Students could enter as teams of three or individually. There were 31 students comprising of 18 teams that competed.The teams that won were: Distance of 94.5 inches — John Ugran, Jack Siedel and Zach Geier; Least Amount of Pieces Used — five, by Nate Ruehr; and Best Design — Casey Meyers, Ethan Miller and Ethan Samaniego.

The Media Center Makerspace is easily accessible to all students during their rec time throughout the school year. Projects include the K’Nex Catapult Challenge, the Towering Pumpkin Competition, littleBits, Arduinos, Duct Tape Challenge, Legos, Upcycled Creations, Makey Makey and suggestions from the students. To suggest an idea or to donate to the Harmon Media Center Makerspace, contact Mary Beckstrom at the Harmon Media Center.