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Catapult Competition Comes to UBC
Canadian Wood Council

What do BC Wood WORKS!  and a catapult have in common?  You can find out by going to Spencer Field East at University of British Columbia on February 17, 2007.  That is when BC Wood WORKS!/Canadian Wood Council will host the first annual Western Canadian Engineering Competition.  For the past three years this competition has been successfully held in Ottawa and now it is expanding to the Western provinces.

The purpose of the competition is to challenge registered college or university students to design and build a wood catapult capable of accurately hitting targets at 20, 30 and 50 meters using a one-kilogram ball.  Teams consisting of students and one faculty member will submit a short report prior to the competition about their catapult design. On the morning of the competition they will give a fifteen-minute presentation, independent of the trials.

Timed performance trials and distance trials will determine the winners and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams ($1500, $1000 and $500 respectively) as well as prizes for Best Presentation, Maximum Distance and Aesthetics/Spirit.  The first place team will also receive complimentary tickets to attend the BC Wood WORKS! Awards Gala on March 12, 2007 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.


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