Teachers, staff, and student council members found themselves under a watery siege at Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute after becoming willing targets in the school’s annual trebuchet contest on June 2.
A type of medieval-era catapult, trebuchets can be loaded with different counter-weights to accurately hurl wall-busting weapons or, in Danforth’s case, water balloons, at a given range.
Reid Espelin is one of the students on Team Purple, the team that Grade 11 engineering teacher Roberta Tevlin declared the “clear and undisputed champion” after hitting targets at several different ranges.
“It feels so great,” said Espelin after the win. “The secret is the design, and obviously the colour purple.”
Speaking seriously for a minute, Espelin gave high marks to Tevlin’s class.
“It’s all new course material, she actually makes a lot of it herself, and it’s so engaging for the students,” he said.
Besides launching water balloons, students in the class sold freezies to the crowd in support of Engineers Without Borders Canada.