Inspired by ancient Greek and Roman designs, this modern Catapult has a ratcheting winch that can control the distance projectiles are thrown. Crank the winch to its maximum tension, and you can hurl balls over 10 feet! This construction kit challenges you to not only Build Genius™, but also build a fully functional VEX® Robotic Catapult™ at the same time! Explore the technology behind some of the most influential inventions of our culture's Age of Innovation!

HEXBUG® believes in using the fun of robotic toys to teach kids important STEM principles through hands on learning.The VEX® Robotics Catapult™ feature two alternate builds for more robotic fun! All Catapult's™ construction pieces are compatible with educational VEX® IQ pieces to create your own custom VEX® robot and explore unlimited possibilities.


For our catapult design, we actually took inspiration from Aaron and 7090 in order to create the same degree of rotation as the forward catapults, but backwards. It was also designed to only catapult large balls, as many times it was more useful to keep the buckyball and only fling the large ball. Our season has ended until March, but we ended up not having enough space to have the actual deflection we wanted (60 degrees), and went with something more like 80 degrees, which was not optimal. To add to that, the trajectory was not tuned, so the ball would go much, much higher than we intended. As a result, we just decided to throw pistons at the problem (we had 5 single action pistons, equivalent to 4 double actions), to solve it quickly before our last competition. It worked well, but obviously not as well as we wanted it to.
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My son received this as a birthday present when he was 4 years old. He was able to build most of this himself, with me reading the instructions for him. He loves playing with this and often takes it apart to build the car and different versions. Since then, I have ordered additional sets to give as gifts to his friends who are turning 5-10. This is a great alternative to Lego. This holds together very well and does not fall apart when he or his friends are playing with it.
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In addition if someone has a 4/4/2 (four motor drive, four lift, two intake) setup then having 4 tanks on your robot for a backwards catapult is a lot of weight. The tanks aren't light so keeping your robot as lightweight as possible with only four motors on drive is essential. But then again team 1103 in Round Up had a rock solid robot that weighed nearly 20 lbs. (I believe he said this in a video somewhere, don't quote me on it) and had only 4 high speed motors on his drive. Very impressive!
The catapult looks cool and does launch the balls really well, but it's also a little difficult to set up in order to launch, so kids will need to have some patience to get it to work. Once it does work, we think kids will be impressed by its performance as well as their ability to build this fully functional catapult. This STEM-based construction set makes a nice hands-on introduction to engineering, but we do wish it included more information on the science behind how catapults work and its real-world applications.
This construction kit challenges you to not only Build Genius, but also build a fully functional VEX Robotic Catapult at the same time! Explore the technology behind some of the most influential inventions of our culture's Age of Innovation! Inspired by ancient Greek and Roman designs, this modern Catapult has a ratcheting winch that can control the distance projectiles are thrown. Crank the winch to its maximum tension, and you can hurl balls over 10 feet! HEXBUG believes in using the fun of robotic toys to teach kids important STEM principles through hands on learning.The VEX Robotics Catapult feature two alternate builds for more robotic fun! All Catapult's construction pieces are compatible with educational VEX IQ pieces to create your own custom VEX robot and explore unlimited possibilities. Two balls included. Batteries not required. VEX Robotics Catapult is compliant with CPSIA standards.  Caution: Do not aim at eyes or face. To Avoid Injury: Use only projectiles designed for this product. Do not modify projectiles or projectile launcher.

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