A catapult is a device in which built-up tension is suddenly released to shoot an object into the distance. The good news is that now you can create one in less than a minute with less than a dollar's worth of supplies. Think of all of the amazing things you could hurl into the great beyond of your office!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
You will need:
* 3 rubberbands
* 10 popsicle sticks (the wider kind are better, but the skinny ones are fine, too)
Step 2: Bind Your Base
Stack 8 of your popsicle sticks on top of each other and bind firmly with a rubberband on one end -- about an inch of the way from the tip.
Repeat on the other side of the stack of sticks.
Step 3: Prepare the Arm
Take your remaining 2 popsicle sticks and bind together on one end (about an inch from the tip again). Bind them as firmly as you can without snapping the rubber band.
Step 4: Finish the Arm
Wedge one of the popsicle sticks in the arm piece through the 2 bottom popsicle sticks of your base. Push the arm through as far as it can go. Push slightly past the point of resistance.
Step 5: Ready to Launch!
Now you've got a cool catapult. For added stability, you could glue a pop cap onto the arm for your ammo.