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Trebuchet Design Challenge

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

Somerville, United States

Trebuchet Design Challenge

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This ticket grants admission to a team of 3-4 individuals to enter the Trebuchet Design Challenge.
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Here we have the second Artisan's Asylum Design Challenge! In these challenges, small teams of competitors are given a goal for a project to build, a kit of parts, and a short timeframe to build said project. At the end of their allotted time, teams compete in a public unveiling to show off their creations!

This time, we're building trebuchets... and we're launching them on the Cambridge Common! Each team will get memberships to Artisan's Asylum and a giant pile of lumber, screws, wheels, bearings, and more, and will have to come up with a working trebuchet in exactly 7 days. Teams will be restricted to a maximum counterweight size of 100 pounds, and will be required to accurately launch projectiles at various castles scattered throughout the Common.

This design challenge is being run in coordination with the Cambridge Science Festival - we're spending the week of the festival building, and then we're one of the final events in the afternoon of the last Sunday. Expect a crowd of at least a hundred people watching your creation fire!

Each member of the winning team will get a gift certificate to Artisan's Asylum, and their trebuchet will be displayed in our space.


Woodworking experience will be helpful, but is not required. Basic training on woodworking equipment will be provided. All team members must pass safety certifications before using Artisan's Asylum equipment.


Artisan's Asylum will provide all materials. All teams will be responsible for transporting and storing (or disassembling and disposing of) their trebuchet after the competition.

Event Time:

The event kickoff (which all teams are required to attend) will be at Artisan's Asylum on Sunday, April 22nd, at 4:00 PM. The kit of parts and all rules and documentation will be distributed to each team, and teams will be introduced to the Artisan's Asylum shops.

The competition will occur on the Cambridge Common at 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 29th.

Have questions about Trebuchet Design Challenge? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, April 29, 2012 at 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.


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