Teams get medieval in STEM competition

Staff Report
Published Feb. 3, 2014

Students are preparing to test their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math in a competition co-sponsored by Google.

Teams of K-12 and college students, along with adult corporate teams, are preparing to compete in the Storm the Citadel 2014 Trebuchet Competition.

The teams construct trebuchets, a type of medieval catapult, and fire them. They will be judged on accuracy, distance, spirit and design.

The public is invited to the fourth annual event at The Citadel on Feb. 15.

Storm The Citadel 2014 is expected to draw more than 1,000 spectators who will watch approximately 60 teams compete. When the event began in 2011, about a dozen teams competed.

“The Citadel is pleased to partner with Google to sponsor these events, which provide an innovative, practical and, most importantly, fun approach to applying the principles of STEM,” Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa said in a statement. “In addition to being a great time for the hundreds who participate, it is an important investment in the economic future of our community and nation.”

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