The students were able to experience first hand what it is like to be an engineer and gain knowledge of how the engineering process works. The groups were faced with problems such as maximum dimensions, failure to launch, and working with some fragile construction utensils. In order to make the project more interesting, Mr. Starkey made it a competition. The group that launched the projectile the furthest received the most points.
Amen Gerics and Victoria Simek placed first with a distance of 8.4 meters; Courtney Ramey, Elizabeth Lane and Hannah Lower placed second with a distance of 8.0 meters; and Christian Williams, Michael Mirando and Brandy Manfredonia placed third with a distance of 6.82 meters.
“The project forced us to go beyond the minimum requirements because it was a competition, said Amen Gerics. “It was fun to actually build and create a trebuchet, and even more fun since we won.”
Gerics and Simek were not the only students who did some winning around Conneaut High School. Billy Post represented Conneaut High School in Columbus at the state wrestling tournament after placing fourth at districts. On the Wednesday before he left, the school threw a pep rally in order to “pump up” Post. The rally must have worked because Post went on and placed seventh at the tournament. Congratulations, Billy!