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Description of STEM Competitions

Trebuchet Competition
Levels of competition:

Hoplite Division (Grades K-5)
This competition will challenge a team of students to build a functional trebuchet from a provided kit. This Trebuchet must be able to safely and accurately launch a small rubber ball in a manner that will accurately hit a target set anywhere between 10-25 feet away. The competition is designed to inspire and invigorate the true nature of the Engineering spirit!

Centurion Division (Grades 6-12, College, Military, Corporate, and Organization)
This competition will challenge a team to design and build a trebuchet within design specifications. This trebuchet must be able to safely and accurately launch a standard lacrosse ball in a manner that will accurately hit a target set anywhere between 50-200 feet away.

Barbarian Division (College, Military, Corporate, and Organization) – Invitation Only
This competition will challenge a team of skilled individuals to design and build a trebuchet within design specifications. This Trebuchet must be able to safely and accurately launch a 10-pound ballistic in a manner that will accurately hit a target set anywhere between 300-400 feet away. The competition is designed to inspire and invigorate the true nature of the Barbarian-Engineering spirit (otherwise known as Barbariangineering).

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Robotics
Lego Golf Competition
In Lego Golf, teams will design a robot to push small objects either off of a playing field or into a goal in the middle. For advanced teams, there will be another robot on the playing field at the same time.

Lego Mystery Challenge
Entrants to this competition will bring a basic robot chassis and sensors to the competition. The morning of the competition, the challenge will be unveiled and the teams will have two hours to design, program and test a robot to complete the task.

 

Bridge
Bridge Competition
For the bridge competition, middle and high school teams must construct a bridge constructed from only two materials: wooden craft sticks and carpenters wood glue.

 

Water Bottle Rocket Competition
Levels of competition:

Our newest competition is offered through the Citadel's Mechanical Engineers. Using only plastic drink bottles, water, and compressed air, who can launch their rocket the farthest?

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