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.
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.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:
* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.
* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.
* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility.
* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.
* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship.