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Citadel News Service
21 Feb 2013

Middle school students lead trebuchet competition for accuracy

Third annual Storm The Citadel! competition attracts future engineers

A team of five 8th graders and one 6th grader from Laing Middle School of Science and Technology came in first in the Middle School Centurion Division of The Storm The Citadel! Trebuchet Competition Saturday. The students, who were mentored by Laing faculty members Curtis Wisor and Mel Goodwin, also won the Overall Centurion Accuracy Award and beat out other Centurion division winners—Summerville High School, US Navy NPTU and Dubose Middle School, with whom Laing initially tied in the Middle School Division finals.


The Fort Dorchester Elementary School Green Gators participated in the Hoplite Division of Saturday's trebuchet competition.

Co-hosted by Google and The Citadel, the third annual Storm The Citadel! brought teams to The Citadel campus ranging from a class of first graders at St. Andrews School of Math and Science competing in the Hoplite Division to corporate contestants from Google and SPAWAR who competed in the Barbarian Division.

Teams had to build a trebuchet, which is a type of catapult, capable of accurately tossing a ball between 50 and 200 feet at a target. Points were awarded and winners selected based on accuracy, design and team spirit. Teams dressed in costumes ranging from science nerds and scientists to medieval knights and warriors.

The trebuchet competition was just one of several competitions held on campus for eWeek.

The Citadel and Google are among the Lowcountry’s leaders in providing opportunities and initiatives to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs in the schools. The trebuchet contest was designed to get students excited about science and technology and to encourage them to have fun while learning.

“We are grateful for Google’s continuing support of the Storm The Citadel! competition” said Glenda La Rue, director of The Citadel STEM Center of Excellence. “Together The Citadel and Google are generating enthusiasm for STEM and nurturing future scientists, engineers and mathematicians.”

The results of this year’s competition are:

Accuracy (includes Design):
1st – Charles Pinckney ES Warriors
2nd – Fort Dorchester ES Great Green Gators
3rd – Eagle Nest ES Bald Eagle Bashers

1st – Faith Christian School Trebu-saurus Rexes
2nd – Sedgefield Intermediate Pink Dolphins
3rd – Charles Pinckney ES Thumbs Up!
Honorable Mention - Beech Hill ES Beacons

Middle School
1st – Laing MS STEM Slingers
2nd – Dubose MS Mad Scientists
3rd – Macedonia MS Foxes

High School
1st – Summerville HS Impact Zone
2nd – Porter-Gaud HS Mel Gibson’s Army
3rd – Goose Creek HS

1st – US Navy NPTU: Hillbilly Handcrafters


Middle School
1st – Dubose MS Mad Scientists
2nd – Sangaree MS Eagles
3rd – Alston MS Artillery

High School
1st – Berkeley HS Ingeniators
2nd – Summerville HS Impact Zone

Centurion Spirit:
1st – Stratford HS Siege Team,
2nd – Porter-Gaud HS Mel Gibson’s Army
3rd – Thomas Cario MS Twisted Sixters

Overall Centurion Distance Award:

Overall Centurion Accuracy Award:
Laing MS STEM Slingers

Congratulations to all teams who braved the cool weather to participate in Storm The Citadel!

Beech Hill ES Beacons
Charles Pinckney ES Thumbs Up!
Charles Pinckney ES Warriors
Eagle Nest ES Bald Eagle Bashers
Faith Christian School Trebu-saurus Rexes
Fort Dorchester ES Great Green Gators
Great Gray Academy Texas Redlegs
Hunley Park ES Math & Science Club
Sedgefield Intermediate Pink Dolphins
St. Andrews School of Math & Science Mighty Magnets

Alston MS Artillery
Cane Bay MS Cobras
College Park MS Squires
Daniel Island MS Knights
Dubose MS Mad Scientists
Gregg MS
Haut Gap MS Atomic Bulldogs
Laing MS STEM Slingers
Macedonia MS Foxes
Moultrie MS
Sangaree MS Eagles
Thomas Cario MS Twisted Sixters
Westview MS

Academic Magnet HS Mighty Magnets
Berkeley HS Ingeniators
Berkeley Middle College Titan's Terror
Charleston School for Math and Science
Goose Creek HS
Porter-Gaud HS Mel Gibson's Army
Stratford HS Seige Team
Summerville HS Impact Zone
Boy Scout Troop Time 759
Wando HS Trebuchet Warriors

The Citadel Civil Engineers – The Citadel CEs
Google - Jolly Launchers
STEM Centers SC - STEM Stompers
US Navy: NPTU - Hillbilly Handcrafters

Google - Jolly Launchers

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