The Wright State University Trebuchet Competition was first held in 1999 as a competition to see who could build a trebuchet that could throw the farthest distance and with the most accuracy. The first competition was held in Wright State's Student Union as part of the National Engineers Week festivities and the TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) competition.
In 2001, the Trebuchet Competition format was changed to that of a tournament style event. As a result, the Competition was moved to the Ervin J. Nutter Center and held in a more spacious area, the McLin Gym. Student teams, consisting of six members and four trebuchets each, challenged one another to see whose trebuchets would net them the title of "Trebuchet Competition Champions." 2002 and 2003 Competitions were also held in McLin. In 2004, the Trebuchet Competition outgrew the McLin Gym and was moved to the Nutter Center's Main Arena.
With each passing year, the Trebuchet Competition has won more and more interest from high school students throughout the Miami Valley region.
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Meet the Director
Craig Baudendistel is currently a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering and also serves as the Director of Engineering Mathematics for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. He is a Wright State Alum receiving his Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering. Craig has volunteered with WSU's Trebuchet Competition for a number of years serving as an emcee, qualifying judge, and court judge.