JCC Workshop Catapults Students Into Science & Tech

JCC Workshop Catapults Students Into Science & Tech

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A machine that launches projectiles also launches students into science and technology.

A group of children at Jefferson Community College in Watertown spent their last day Friday at a catapult workshop using a trebuchet they built.

Testing the medieval hurling machine ends a week-long workshop that's part of JCC's Edge On Science summer program.

It's not just about learning how to use catapults, but diving into the science behind it and teaching teamwork.

"One of my major goals is to get the kids working cooperatively in a team to solve problems with just a little bit of direction," instructor John Aviste said, "so one of the the things I promise the kids at the beginning of the week is that things will go wrong and it's going to be up to you to figure it out."

"I actually didn't know much about catapults, so I thought it would be kind of neat to learn something new," student Megan Mills said. "There's a lot of stuff that we've been learning about, but it all comes together to make this one project."

The students also built their own tabletop catapults to take home.

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