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Pirates, Catapults, and Pedal Carts!

Onlookers watch how far the pitching machine can "throw."

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Two visitors help assemble our pirate pedal-cart catapult

We’re working on an exciting new project at MAKESHOP: A Catapult!

Normally we don’t make war machines, but this one has been repurposed for FUN. Our design is based on the trebuchet, a sling-based counterweight-powered type of catapult originally invented in the 11th century. We’re building this crazy thing to throw the first pitch for the Pirates game on September 1st! Check out the Rookie of the Gear  programming and come out and help!

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Our catapult frame.  It didn’t look like much at first…

Recently, we’ve constructed the catapult part! Here it is in action!

Rebecca has been a MAKESHOP intern, educator, Teaching Artist and Manager. She's also been a graphic designer, costume shop manager, shoe salesperson, and hair stand-in for Fabio.

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