Trebuchet Competition

Trebuchet Competition Overview

photo of students competing in the trebuchet competition

The Trebuchet Competition for the 2016-2017 academic year has been cancelled. Please check back later for updates and future plans. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


This FREE competition has grown to include almost 80 teams each bringing a set of 4 trebuchets to the field of honor at the Nutter Center on the Wright State University Campus. The competition encourages (with the help of teachers):

  • Teamwork
  • Individual responsibility
  • Creativity
  • Math and Science Skills
  • Experimental design
  • FUN

Why not work the trebuchet competition into your lesson plans this year? Some schools alternatively offer this as an extracurricular activity. This contest is a great way to incorporate a hands-on project in math, physics, or history. It may look easy, but sound design principles are the fastest (and best) way to a solid trebuchet design. That means students start the project by researching trebuchets, roughing out designs, and using a computer to do simulations. Design a simulation that gives you good performance, and you are ready to start building!

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Congratulations to the winners of Wright State's 15th Annual Trebuchet Competition!

1st Place

The Black Pearl
Arlington High School
Arlington, OH

Advisor: Ms. Kim Cortez

  • Clarissa Courtney
  • Allie Ferrell
  • Hannah Johnson
  • Taylor Oates
  • Zach Romick
  • John Solt
  • Aaron Starr
  • Emma Wilieke

2nd Place

The Queen Anne's Revenge
Arlington High School
Arlington, OH

Advisor: Ms. Kim Cortez

  • Autumn Erb
  • Bryce Hartman
  • Alexis Risner
  • Justin Rice
  • Nick Seifert
  • Noah Thomas

3rd Place

Riverside High School
De Graff, OH

Advisor: Mr. Levi Brown

  • Karlee Birchfield
  • Griffin Cole
  • Ryan Drerup
  • Nathaniel Hughes
  • Joe Lauck
  • Austin Miller