Lancaster – Students on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus took cooking out to a new level Wednesday by incorporating a catapult contest. The "Catapult Cookout" was part of "Spring Fest 2013."
The catapult contest was held by Emeritus Assistant Professor of Engineering Gary Lockwood. Students in Lockwood's Engineering and Technology Overview class had to build their own catapult and launch a steal ball bearing. Lockwood gave each student rubber tubing for use in their catapult.
"The rule was they could not launch the steal ball bearing more than two feet above ground," said Lockwood. "They got three chances to use their catapult.The longest of the three tries is what counted."
The winner launched his ball bearing 69.7 feet.
The students in Lockwood's class had to conduct their contest outside on a very wet and rainy day.But, those who took part in the cookout were able to stay inside. The food was served in the West Lobby of Brasee Hall. Chicken breast, hamburgers hot dogs, chips, water and cookies were served to students, faculty and staff free of charge.
"It's awesome," said Human Services Technology Adjunct Instructor Ruth Tarter. "You get to see people you don't see that often and socialize. The food is great."
'I think it's great because I have to go home to do a paper and then I have to go to work," said Junior Bryan Hoffer. "So, it's a chance to eat some good food and talk to other students and professors and hang out."
The "Catapult Cookout" was the last scheduled event during "Spring Fest 2013." The week-long celebration included a duck derby, a corn hole tournament, an 1980's bowling night and a family carnival for non-traditional students.