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Extracurriculars: Junkyard Wars

Students test the power of their slingshot during the second annual Junkyard Wars competition. Photograph by Douglas Fraser.
HEAVE HO: Students test the power of their slingshot during Thayer School's second annual Junkyard Wars competition. Photograph by Douglas Fraser.

Splat was the sound of science at the second annual Junkyard Wars held by the Society of Women Engineers in May. The event challenged students to build water-balloon launchers from a mountain of donated junk. Eleven teams — ranging from non-engineers to Thayer School grad students — had four hours to design and construct catapults, trebuchets, and slingshots. “The Weapons of Mass Construction,” a team of engineering majors, built a trebuchet in three hours, leaving a full hour for testing and adjustments. It was a winning strategy: They scored the farthest launch of the day.

The event attracted some 100 observers. “The main idea is to show people that engineering isn’t just about sitting inside doing problem sets all day,” says organizer Amanda Plagge ’03.

—Sara Vogel

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Categories: The Great Hall, Extracurriculars

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