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!

It took us one hour to build this set. It is listed as being a beginner skill level build that can take anywhere from one to two hours to complete, depending on your skill level. The instructions were picture-only instructions and were a little confusing as were the picture directions for how to use the catapult. Also, the knob fell off quite often, but reattaching it was easy.


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 cool construction set teaches kids important lessons about variable shot power and how machines store kinetic energy. Includes more than 100 easy-snap pieces, 2 balls, and instructions for 2 alternative builds. 

The positives to a front catapult is that you only need half of everything because the degrees of motion is basically half of what a backwards catapult is. I've only seen backwards catapults with 4 pistons and only front catapults with 2 pistons. Does that mean if someone gets a backwards catapult with 2 pistons a front catapult would only need one? :eek: Probably impossible if you're following the rules on pressure. The front catapult can also actually act as an assist to get big balls out quicker so you don't have to wait for intake to spit it out or if you can't get the ball out of your intake at all. I've found this to be helpful.

It took us one hour to build this set. It is listed as being a beginner skill level build that can take anywhere from one to two hours to complete, depending on your skill level. The instructions were picture-only instructions and were a little confusing as were the picture directions for how to use the catapult. Also, the knob fell off quite often, but reattaching it was easy.
Hexbug is a brand name of toy automations that have been developed by Innovation First. Hexbug was initially inspired by BEAM robotic, which is why you find lots of components of it in the toys. They were originally released in the United States through RadioShack, but today, you can find that it is sold in the majority of significant retailers. The original was based upon 6-legged arthropods, but now, today, you will find them being offered in many varieties. The name “Hexbug,” nevertheless, isn’t truly used to explain the variety of legs the toy has– the name has more to do with the shape of the product packaging.

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.

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Hexbug is a brand name of toy automations that have been developed by Innovation First. Hexbug was initially inspired by BEAM robotic, which is why you find lots of components of it in the toys. They were originally released in the United States through RadioShack, but today, you can find that it is sold in the majority of significant retailers. The original was based upon 6-legged arthropods, but now, today, you will find them being offered in many varieties. The name “Hexbug,” nevertheless, isn’t truly used to explain the variety of legs the toy has– the name has more to do with the shape of the product packaging.
Hexbug is a brand name of toy automations that have been developed by Innovation First. Hexbug was initially inspired by BEAM robotic, which is why you find lots of components of it in the toys. They were originally released in the United States through RadioShack, but today, you can find that it is sold in the majority of significant retailers. The original was based upon 6-legged arthropods, but now, today, you will find them being offered in many varieties. The name “Hexbug,” nevertheless, isn’t truly used to explain the variety of legs the toy has– the name has more to do with the shape of the product packaging.
Kids can put on their engineering hats and build the Vex Robotics Catapult, which launches plastic balls up to 10 feet. It comes with more than 100 easy-connect snap pieces and two balls. Once the catapult is assembled, turn the knob to bring the bucket of the catapult however far back you want. Use the launching lever to lock the bucket into place once the bucket has reached your desired angle. You can also change the angle at which the ball will fly by adjusting the T-shaped piece in the middle. Once set up, load a ball into the catapult and press down on the lever to launch. You can also drive the catapult around on its real-rolling wheels.
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.
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 build a fully functional VEX Robotic Catapult! 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 3 m (10 feet)! Teaches important STEM principles through hands on learning. Features two alternate builds for more robotic fun! Two balls included. Batteries not required. 8+ years.
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