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Thousands Prep for Google/The Citadel’s Lowcountry STEM Event

January 19, 2016 - Posted in Education by Bette Jamison
Storm the Citadel

Storm The Citadel! Brings Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to Life

Charleston, S.C. (Jan. 19,  2016) — A record number of teams across South Carolina are preparing for the Sixth Annual Storm The Citadel Trebuchet Competition. The word has spread since 2011 when a dozen teams competed. On Feb.  13, more than 100 teams and 700 competitors will arrive in the Lowcountry as more than 3,000 spectators watch their engineering skills come to life.  This year’s event will feature teams from across the Lowcountry and several teams visiting from Richland, Sumter, Darlington and York counties as well as a team from Clemson University.

Each year, teams of K-12, college students, and corporate adult teams gather on Summerall Field to launch their trebuchets. The medieval devices are judged for accuracy, distance, spirit and design. Co-hosted and co-founded by Google and The Citadel’s School of Engineering, the event reinforces the importance of science technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

“This event creates a smart, family oriented and fun filled learning environment around STEM education,” said Google’s Jeff Stevenson, a Citadel graduate who founded the event. “STEM education is crucial in today’s job market. We are working to ensure that South Carolina students are prepared to meet the growing needs of tech-based companies,and Storm the Citadel is a great way to encourage students to learn and develop their skills.” 

Storm The Citadel Notes

Storm The Citadel 2016 is the largest of several STEM events to take place at The Citadel during the college’s National Engineers Week. The Citadel Physics Department provides free workshops to help teams prepare. Learn more about the STEM Center of Excellence.

Register for the event here

Videos from previous years are available here.

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Citadel Media contact: Kim Keelor kkeelor@citadel.edu | (843) 475-0596

Google media contact: Kevin Floyd kevin@npstrat.com | (704) 222-5324

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