By Emily MacLeod, Amelie Delesalle and Rebecca Grabinsky
Arrow Heights Elementary School student reporters
On Friday, May 27th 2016 Josh Larsen and his dad Ron Larsen brought in a trebuchet (a kind of Medieval catapult) that they built together in an amazing two days. For $2 anyone could launch a water balloon from the wooden machine. The money josh collected was donated to help the victims of the Fort McMurray fire. In total he raised $61.00.
We asked Josh some questions. Here are his answers.
- How did you make your trebuchet? Josh and his dad bought lots of 8 ft. 2×4 of wood and cut them into smaller pieces. They took weights from his Dad’s dumbbell set to add up to 70 pounds. They attached a metal bar to the arm and used washers and nuts to put the whole thing together. His dad cut a sling out of fabric and put it on.
- Why did you make it? They decided to make it because they wanted to raise money for everyone who lost in the Fort McMurray fire.
- What was the hardest part about it? The hardest part was actually getting out and starting it instead of putting it off.
- What was the most fun part about it? The best part was getting to test it. They launched from their driveway into the road and kids and parents from the neighbourhood came to see and wanted to try it out.
Here are some pictures of the event: