Pumpkin catapult disaster

Miss Shannik’s shop class at Barriere Secondary had a fun time last week testing a catapult

(L - r) Barriere Secondary teacher Ashley Shannik

(L - r) Barriere Secondary teacher Ashley Shannik

Miss Shannik’s shop class at Barriere Secondary had a fun time last week, first making, then testing a catapult.  The catapult looked quite impressive and fairly sturdy, but unfortunately turned out to have a major flaw – a weakness in the structure near where the weights were attached.

On the afternoon that the school invited the press down to witness the ‘official’ testing, it broke.  Granted, the first pumpkin launched did actually go a fair distance – between 20-25 feet, but that was the only one that did.  However, the fun continued launching pumpkins, even though the long arm of the catapult had to be swung manually, which resulted in the pumpkins only traveling a few feet.