Mini Launcher

Product Code: ME-6825B


PASCO’s Mini Launcher provides a low-cost method for every student to thoroughly investigate projectile motion. The Mini-Launcher has the same level of precision and accuracy as our larger Projectile Launcher (ME-6800), but is easier to assemble, simple to adjust, and provides built-in storage for the plunger and metal balls. With three, highly repeatable launch speeds, precise launch angle measurements, and the ability to shoot downward, the Mini Launcher enables students to explore projectiles through dynamic, hands-on inquiry.

This highly accurate launcher can be attached to a table using a standard C clamp. For more in-depth projectile studies, we recommend adding a Photogate Mounting Bracket and either a Smart Gate or Photogate Head. Additionally, the Time of Flight Accessory can be added to measure the total time the projectile is in the air.


  • Versatile Stand: Offers several different mounting configurations that are ideal for tabletop projectile experiments
  • Scale and Plumb Bob: Measures from −45° to +90°
  • 3 Launch Ranges: Provides 0.5 m, 1.0 m and 2.0 m ranges
  • Magnetic Piston: Holds ball in place while launching from downward angles
  • Steel Balls: 1.6 cm diameter
  • Easily mounted using a rod and clamp

Experiment Library

Perform the following experiments and more with the Mini Launcher.
Visit PASCO’s Experiment Library to view all activities for this product.

Perform These Experiments

  • Projectile Motion
  • Projectile Motion using Photogates
  • Projectile Range versus Angle
  • Projectile Path
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Conservation of Momentum in Two Dimensions
  • Varying Angle to Maximize Height on a Wall
  • Demo: Do 30° and 60° Launches Have the Same Range?
  • Demo: Shoot Two Balls Horizontally at Different Speeds
  • Demo: Shooting through Hoops

What’s Included

  • 1x Launcher Base
  • 1x Loading Rod
  • 1x 2-D Collision Accessory
  • 2x Steel Ball Projectile, 16 mm
  • 1x Safety Glasses
  • 1x Manual
  • 1x Mini Launcher

Product Specifications

Range 0.5, 1, 2 m
Launch Angle 0 to +90° and 0 to −45°
Launcher Length 18 cm

Recommended Accessories

Photogate Mounting Bracket ME-6821A
Wireless Smart Gate PS-3225
Smart Gate PS-2180
Time-of-Flight Accessory ME-6810A
Large C Clamp (6 Pack) SE-7285
45 cm Stainless Steel Rod ME-8736
Plumb Bobs (10 Pack) SE-8728
Carbon Paper (100 Sheets) SE-8693
30 Meter Measuring Tape SE-8712A
Photogate Head ME-9498A
Mini Ballistic Pendulum Accessory ME-6829

Replacement Parts

Small Steel Balls (10 pack) ME-9872
Mini Launcher Spares Kit ME-6824

Support Documents


Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.