Catapult Cruzers recently sent me a couple of samples to review. Catapult Cruzers are toy airplanes which you put together. Then you launch them using a lightweight bungee cord. They are also going to give a free Catapult Cruzer to one of you! See below.
ZM put together the airplane. He is 14 years old and he was able to do it himself just by following the directions. Younger Scouts will need some assistance from a parent since there is some cutting and superglue involved. But overall, you should be able to assemble the plane in about 30 minutes or so. ZM didn’t decorate his, but they can be decorated with decals. Or you could use permanent markers to decorate the wing.
We had a lot of fun flying these. To fly them you attach one end of the bungee cord to something like a fence post or pole. Then you just pull back on the cord and let it fly. And wow these things really fly! They loop up in the air and go a long distance. They are also durable enough to fly over and over again. ZM took the two samples to our Venturing Crew meeting and the teens had fun flying them on the playground.
If you want to do these as a unit activity, you can hold a “flyoff”. This is an idea similar to a pinewood derby. They fly their planes three times while somebody times them with a stopwatch. The Scout with the longest average flight time wins.
In addition to the flyoff idea, Scouts could uses these as part of a STEM program, especially anything with an engineering theme.
So the bottom line is that our family and crew found these easy to assemble and fun to fly.
Do you want to try it yourself? See below for details about a Catapult Cruzer giveaway via RaffleCopter. There are multiple ways for you to enter for a chance to win one of these.