The trebuchet is a siege engine/weapon used for throwing projectiles at enemies. The trebuchet first appeared in China during the 4th century BC. It then spread westward and was adopted by the Byzantines in the mid 6th century AD. The most common and well known trebuchet is a counter-weight, this design uses a swing arm with a heavy weight on the other end, therefore pulling the other side up with efficient force. Trebuchets were almost always “built to order” meaning that they were built when and where they were needed. Trebuchets would have been made out of any strong and available wood in the area. Nails, hammers, wood, stone, string, cloth and other peasant materials were probably the only materials available at the time. But what they lacked in material, they made up with their creative projectiles. Stones, sharp wood, fire, burning tar, dung, dead bodies, dead animals, disease ridden bodies and any other rotting matter would have been used as projectiles. Although stones are good for breaking down walls, bodies were good for long-term effect such as giving the enemy diseases.
The environment in the tech rooms is much like the middle age hierarchy. Sir can use the high-tech, powerful and fast tools where as the peasants *ahem* students can only use cheap and simple tools to complete their jobs, and it is highly reflective when comparing our groups siege weapon to the teachers. The biggest challenge that faced my group is the issue of size. Trying to visualize the measurements in our heads was a bad idea and it would’ve been helpful if we had some sample pieces of wood to see how large the pieces were meant to be.