Expanding Our Roots
BC Wood WORKS!/Canadian Wood Council Catapult Competition
Mary Tracey, Wood Works!
A damp and drizzly morning gave way to sunny skies at the second annual Wood Catapult Competition hosted by BC Wood WORKS! and Canadian Wood Council at the UBC Sports Fields on Saturday, March 8, 2008.This year’s event saw 10 teams, representing 5 different schools, vying for first place overall. The teams came from North Island College, University of British Columbia-Vancouver, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Okanagan College and University of British Columbia – Okanagan.
Upon arrival at Spencer Field East, the teams’ siege engines (catapults, trebuchets, ballistas and crossbows) were weighed and assessed before being assembled for their presentations . Each team then gave a 10-15 minute oral presentation to the three judges about their project, explaining the design and function, the type of materials used, overall specifications, and performance of initial testing. The judges were impressed by the presentations and only a half mark separated the top two teams. The Best Presentation Award was earned by the UBC team, “Weapon of Mass Destruction”, who scored 71.5/75.
After lunch at the nearby Forintek Building, teams gathered again at the field in anticipation of the performance trials. This is always a highlight, as their final product is finally put to the test. In order to win, a team must hit all three targets (set at 20, 30 and 45 metres) and accumulate as many points as possible within 30 minutes. After that the teams have another 5 minutes (or three tries) to achieve the longest distance throw, irrespective of accuracy. Many spectators and a few media lined the field to cheer the teams on during the afternoon's performance.
Awards: After tabulating all of the results from the day, the judges awarded wooden engraved plaques and prizes to the following teams:
First Place Overall: “The Knights Who Say NIC” (North Island College) – 1866 points
$1500.00 cash prize sponsored by ASTTBC (Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia)
Second Place Overall: “Mustache Revolution” (UBC) – 841 points
$1000.00 cash prize sponsored by APEG (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC)
Third Place Overall: “Bone Saw” (BCIT) – 421.5 points
$500.00 cash prize sponsored by Forintek (FP Innovations – Forintek Division)
Longest Distance plaque awarded to “The Knights Who Say NIC” (North Island College) – 119.8 meters
Team Spirit plaque awarded to “1500 BC” (UBC)
Best Report plaque was earned by “The Knights Who Say NIC” (North Island College)
All teams also received Participation plaques and gift bags as a token of appreciation for all the hard work put forth to enter their siege engines. At the end of the day, many teams expressed their definite interest in competing again next year – a gratifying conclusion to a very enjoyable day!
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