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BC Wood WORKS!/Canadian Wood Council Catapult Competition

catapult On March 8th, 2008 BC Wood WORKS! / Canadian Wood Council will host the second annual Western Canadian Wood Catapult Competition at Spencer Field East, on the UBC Campus in Vancouver BC.

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 sponsor will submit a short report prior to the competition about their catapult design. On the morning of the competition, they will be required to give a fifteen-minute presentation, independent of the trials.

Timed performance trials and distance trials will determine the winners and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams ($1500, $1000 and $500 respectively) along with prizes for Best Presentation, Maximum Distance and Aesthetics/Spirit.

catapult posterWe are very pleased to announce that ASTTBC (Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia) and APEG (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC) have both come forward to sponsor first and second prizes respectively (for the next three years), and representatives will present the cash prizes at the end of the competition day.

With the success of last year’s event, we anticipate much interest this coming year.  We expect a strong showing of teams again from the UBC Wood Sciences Department.  And as was proven last year, with much planning, it is possible to have a large team from out-of-province participate as well.

For further specifics about the competition, please see our website at www.wood-works.ca/competition.


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