BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) – A trebuchet is a type of catapult that uses a long arm to launch objects. On Friday, students from several high schools came together to compete in a trebuchet competition at Bettendorf High School.
High school students from Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley, North Scott, Riverdale and Moline competed in the competition, and each team’s task was to ensure their trebuchets flew accurately and consistently.
Trebuchets dropped large raw eggs at 75′, 100′ and 125′ targets, and points were also awarded for the longest throw.
Organizers of the event said the competition is a great way to learn important math and science skills while having fun.
“It’s just about getting them active and interested in the sciences and knowing that they can find their purpose as a team to come up with their best design,” said Craig Murray, chief engineer at CNH Industrial.
Teams were judged on accuracy and stability.
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