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Bennington High School Chunk 2002
The Monday before Thanksgiving Roger and Eric traveled to Bennington VT. to the Highschool there. Unlike the previous year the weather left quite a bit to be desired. It drizzled a little. Snow was all about. And the field was unpleasantly muddy. That didn't stop us from having a great time though.
We were invited out by the physics teacher Jennifer Rosenthal. My Aunt also teaches at Bennington High School.
Eric is wearing the blue shirt with the red ear-warmer. Roger is wearing orange with a black hat. Here I'm giving 6 kids the low-down on trebuchet operation. They are a little enthusiastic, so I have to really lean on the arm so they don't jog anything loose.
Here Eric gives instruction on being a counterweight. These kids were tossing half gallon juice jugs about 100-150 feet all day long. As you can see here, the ground was getting pretty muddy. I think the mud fear-factor contributed to the need for lighter projectiles this year.
The key to the instructions for this machine is to infer how every instruction I give involves not getting injured. For example, "fall all the way to the ground or a metal ring will swing around and hit you on the head", or perhaps "don't let go of your rope, or the arm will swing around and hit you on the head." These instructions worked quite well this year as we made off with no injuries this year.
In this shot, you can see my truck and trailer hiding off at a safe distance.
Thanks to Jennifer Rosenthal for taking all the pictures, and sharing them with me. I was far too busy to get any pictures myself.
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