Sunday, May 25, 2003

those north poseians

What a cool class project!

Trebuchets can be used for things other than breaking down the walls of a medieval castle or hurling burning barrels of oil onto the enemy. Just ask North Posey High School technology students and their teacher, David Koewler. On Thursday, Koewler and his technology class finished building their own trebuchet - a medieval siege weapon and successor to the catapult - near the school's football stadium.

For those of you who don't know, a trebuchet (tre-bu-shay) is basically catapult, only it utilizes counterweights and torque to throw a projectile, instead of tensile strength of the catapult arm. A trebuchet looks like this:

That's such a great class project. Hm...AP Physics next year could do this....


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