On October 28, 27 high school students on 9 teams gathered in “The Cage” in Cousens Gym at Tufts University to compete in the Somerville Mathematics Fund's 13th annual Scrapheap Showdown. Instead of just the usual interesting “junk” in the center of the room when the students walked in, there were also piles of foam core. The students were given their challenge: to design and build a catapult on a base of homasote board. The teams worked intensely, designing, building, testing, reinforcing, and adjusting their catapults.
|Getting ready to shoot.|
|First teams to compete are ready to go with "i i on the pi pi" |
starting and "Buoy" ready to go.
The third challenge was the craziest. All the teams were at their own table in a circle around a kid’s swimming pool with a bucket in it. Each team had 10 pingpong balls. They all shot towards the pool at the same time. Lots of pingpong balls bouncing all over! There were points for landing in the pool, with a bonus for landing in the bucket.
|Ping pong balls all over after the 3rd challenge.|
|1st place "i i on the pi pi" [Eye on the Pi's/Prize]|
|2nd place "Crimson Quackateers"|
|3rd place "Euleroids"|
|4th place tie, "Buoys"|
|4th place tie, "Honeybees"|
|"Sugar and Spice"|
|Nikhilesh Rattan -- The top fund raiser!|
Designers & refiners of the challenge were: Sanford Bogage, Anne Button, Chase Duclos-Orsello, Zachary Faubion, Adam Foster, Monica Fernandes, Richard Graf, Jay Landers, Zbigniew Nitecki, Erica Voolich, and Michael Voolich.
Stanhope Framers donated the foam core; and Somerville Home Depot, the homasote. Michael Morgan and Patricia Murphy-Sheehy, teachers at Somerville High School, recruited student teams. Michael Voolich designed the T-shirts with the icon use donated by Icons8.com and Yongkang Yu designed the poster advertising the event at the high school.
Sponsors of the event included Math Department at Somerville High School, Winter Hill Bank, RedBones BBQ, Commercial Cleaning Service, Century Bank, Jay Landers & Jasper Lawson, Anne Button, Zbigniew Nitecki and our most wonderful host, Tufts University (check out Alonso Nichols, Tufts photographer's, photos).
Suffolk University Catering provided the refreshments for the teams and volunteers. Various members of the Board worked on all aspects of organizing the event and worked to make it a success along with community volunteers Clarissa Westney and Ben Perrin.
The link to this page is https://somervillemathematics.blogspot.com/2018/10/scrapheap-showdown-catapult-fest-fall.html
©Erica Dakin Voolich 2018