Led by Lower School Science Instructor Natalie Ashenfelter and numerous parent volunteer coaches, 30+ Heathwood students traveled to the Storm the Citadel Trebuchet competition in Charleston, SC. on February 13.
Heathwood entered 10 different teams in the Hoplite Division (K-5) to compete against 60 teams from across the region. Six Heathwood teams advanced to the semi-finals, while three Heathwood teams qualified for the finals. Fourth graders Chacey Cox and Maggie Tanner bested the other competitors in the final round and took home the first place award in the accuracy competition.
The trebuchet competition is part of The Citadel’s celebration of National Engineers Week. Its goal is to stimulate interest in STEM—or science, technology, engineering, and math—fields among K-12 students. Teams of students work together to build trebuchets—medieval antecedents to the cannon that are designed to hurl large balls long distances—and compete in categories including accuracy, design, and spirit. The Charleston Post and Courrier estimates that some 3,000 people came to watch the competition.
“It was really exciting to see so many Heathwood teams do well against strong competition,” said Heathwood Head of School Chris Hinchey, who was one of those in attendance. “Congratulations to all of our Lower School Competitors!”