Winners announced for Storm The Citadel! 2014
Charleston - Congratulations to the winners from the 2014 Storm the Citadel! Trebuchet Competition. The STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel hosted the 4th annual competition and more than 45 teams, comprised of 300 participants, took part on Saturday, February 15th. A photo gallery from the event can be found here.
Elementary school students competed in the Hoplite Division. For Design, the Charles Pinckney Elementary Warriors were 1st (pictured), followed by the Laurel Hill Primary Loggerheads and the Sedgefield Intermediate Pink Dolphins. For Spirit, Faith Christian School won followed by Hunley Park Elementary and Mitchell Math & Science Elementary. For Accuracy, the Hunley Park Elementary Trembling Trebuchet Bees earned the top slot, the Murray-Lasaine Elementary Stingers Two were 2nd and the Faith Christian Crusaders 3rd. (Click on the links above for a downloadable photo.)
In the Centurion Division for middle schoolers, Dubose Middle Gru Cru won for Design, followed by Palmetto Scholars Academy Phoenix Fire and Daniel Island School Osprey Engineers. For Accuracy, Sangaree Middle won, Daniel Island School Osprey Engineers were 2nd and Boy Scout Troop 759 earned 3rd place.
In the Centurion Division for high school students, West Ashley High had the top Design. For Accuracy, it was Stratford High Siege Team in 1st, West Ashley High's Trebu-Tronix in 2nd and the Charleston County School of the Arts Sticks & Stones team was 3rd. For Spirit, Stratford High won, followed by Charleston County School of the Arts and Wando High.
In the Centurion Division for college students and adult organizations, The Citadel Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Thunder Ducks won for Accuracy. The SPAWARriors team won for distance, while the Citadel's IEEE Thunder Ducks won for Overall Accuracy.
Storm the Citadel! is held as part of National Engineers Week, which celebrates science, technology, engineering and math. The trebuchets, a type of medieval catapult, were judged on accuracy, distance, spirit and design. To help competitors prepare, The Citadel's Physics Department provided free workshops for team leaders. "It's just a great day to bring kids out, to start to think about, is a STEM career something for them?" said Col. Ron Welch, PhD, Dean of Engineering at The Citadel.
"It makes the learning of a technical subject project based. It makes all the difference in keeping kids interested in science and mathematics," said Google's Jeff Stevenson. As part of its mission of preparing students for the 21st century workforce, The STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel hosts the annual trebuchet competition, which is co-sponsored by Google.