On Sept. 13, 2013, Jasper (Tenn.) Adventist Christian School’s parking lot looked a lot like a war field from the Dark Ages. The occasion was the school’s Potato Launch event. Students and parents from both the Jasper school and Cumberland Heights School (Coalmont, Tenn.) filled the parking lot, standing among “potato launchers” that looked like ancient siege weapons.
Each year, the school sets aside a day that is dedicated to allowing the students to test their creative abilities. For the Potato Launch, students built apparatus to launch a spud through the air as far as possible. They arrived at school with a variety of creations—everything from small and large slingshots to catapults, giant rubber bands, and giant trebuchets. When the launching began, some potatoes flew only a few feet, while others soared clear out of the schoolyard. One even flew backwards.
Everyone had a great time cheering for each other and watching with great anticipation to see how far the potatoes would fly. To close, each student received a small bag of Lay’s potato chips, while the winning student received a big bag.
Written by Linda Dickinson, teacher at Jasper Adventist Christian School
Photos by Linda Dickinson