Tri-county schools use medieval technology to teach

Published: Dec. 19, 2014 at 2:39 AM EST
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SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Schools all around the tri-county are using medieval methods to teach math and science.

The Citadel's STEM-based "Storm the Citadel" competition challenges elementary through high school students around the area to build an accurate trebuchet.

"I think it's great for the students because they get that science hands on thing and they get to compete using that math and science," Lisa Maxwell, the Fifth Grade teacher who leads the trebuchet program at Faith Christian School said.

"We have to measure where we have to put all the stuff and we have to build it," Emma Denney, a Fifth Grade at Faith Christian School taking part in the program said. "It changes from really hard and tough work to simple work with my friends."

"I think it's really good for the kids that are really science-minded instead of athletic to be able to have something where they can compete," Maxwell said.

In the four years Faith Christian has competed, they've picked up a second and third place finish for accuracy.

More than 60 teams are expected to participate in the competition with more than 3,000 people expected to watch.

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