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Lab 10: Student-Defined Lab

Challenge Statement

Use knowledge gained from the entire course in an engaging challenge to take down a castle!

Lab Goals

  1. Construct a robust, adjustable launching mechanism.
  2. Consider how robot-human interaction influences robot design.
  3. Perform kinematic calculations to accurately launch munitions.
  4. Embrace the medieval theme.


Warfare during the middle ages revolved around sieges at enemy castles. Attacking armies would build large siege engines to launch projectiles at and over castle walls, hoping to destroy the fortifications and win the day.

In this lab, students will be transported back to those days. Teams will build a launching mechanism to fire projectiles at weak points in an enemy castle. Scoring will be based on how many weak points are struck with munitions, with ties determined by the time taken to do so. The most destructive war machine will be crowned the winner in the final competition.

sumo picture

Image from http://cdn-5.medievalchronicles.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Castle-Siege-Trebuchet-Catapult-Attack.jpg?96705d&96705d

Lab Requirements

The 2019 Specifications for Lab 10 are presented in the following document. This will be the most up-to-date resource for lab requirements.

Lab 10 Presentation

Lab 10 Grading Sheet

Lab 10 Demonstration Sign Up Sheet


Video of FIRST Stronghold Competition

Last updated 04/23/2019 by Hannah Lyness
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