The WSU Trebuchet Contest and the Engineering Design Process

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Launch a review of the eight steps in the design process with an activity that asks class members to design and build a functional trebuchet for the Wright State University Trebuchet contest. Teams review the preliminary criteria and the engineering design process before creating their masterpiece. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Create smaller trebuchets that could be used within the classroom
  • Utilize the design process in order to build a can crusher as in the example provided
  • If your teams are unable to attend the WSU Trebuchet Contest, hold your own competition
Classroom Considerations
  • Gym or large area will be required to test trebuchets
  • Requires a location to build and store trebuchets
  • Can be used as a stand-alone project or part of a unit
  • The 52-page packet incorporates background on physics and the design process
  • Launching an object from a trebuchet presents safety concerns
  • Link to the WSU Tebuchet Contest does not go directly to the contest page