Lesson Six


Cannons are very important aboard a Tall Ship. Cannons were used mainly for communication. Cannons signaled when you arrived in port, are open to trade with and many other important messages. They were also used for defense when needed. Learn more about our cannon aboard our The Spirit of Dana Point with our Maritime Manager, Kristin McGowan. You will then make your own cannon you can fire at home out of upcycled materials. After you have engineered and fired your cannon, test your knowledge with our activity sheets.



Empty and dry plastic water bottle 
Cork that fits tightly into the opening of the water bottle
Baking Soda
Napkins (tissue or paper towels will do)
Something to shoot your cannon at

Test Your Knowledge 

Grades K-2

Grades K-2 Cannon Activity

Grades 3-5

Grades 3-5 Cannons Activity

Grades 6-8

Grades 6-8 Cannon Activity

Grades 9-12

Grades 9-12 Cannon Activity