UCCS Club Fair

Today’s club fair at UCCS was wonderfully successful, with more than twenty students signing up for email notifications of the clubs progress. The interest displayed today will breathe new life into the future of this organization and all the projects yet to come. We look forward to seeing many of the people who signed up with us today at the meeting on September 5 at 6 pm. The meeting will be held in the conference room of the history department in Columbine Hall, and snacks will be provided for those attending. We look forward to a successful and productive semester with everyone involved!

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Upcoming Events

There will be several opportunities in the next few weeks to learn more about the UCCS Historical Engineering Society, and become a member! On Wednesday the 29th of August there will be a club fair located on the West Lawn at UCCS from 11 am to 2 pm. There is paid guest parking available in Lots 1 and 8, on level 3 of the parking garage. Paid parking is $1.75 per hour or $8 for the day. There is also free parking with shuttle service to the campus at the Four Diamonds Sports complex located off of Nevada across from University Center. The following week on September 5 there will be a club meeting beginning at 6 pm in Columbine Hall. The meeting will take place in the conference room down the hall from the history department offices. At the meeting, elements of the design and progress on fundraising will be discussed, as well as future goals and projects for HES. Snacks and water will be provided at the meeting out of consideration for student and faculty members attending the meeting.

Goal: Build a Medieval Trebuchet

The UCCS Historical Engineering Society (HES), an official UCCS student-driven organization with faculty advisers, endeavors to build a 20-percent scale model “Conrad Kyeser Trebuchet” as a demonstration project to inform the public on the engineering feats of the medieval world. A trebuchet is a medieval siege weapon, similar to a catapult, which uses a counterweight to launch projectiles to destroy castle walls and fortifications. Trebuchets were the “super” weapons of the Middle Ages, especially from the 12th through 15th centuries. During this time period, trebuchets were developed via cultural exchange between Christian European kingdoms and Islamic caliphates in the Mediterranean world.

The goals of “The Trebuchet Challenge” project are to promote and enhance students’ historical research, design, engineering, and leadership skills. In the interest of fulfilling these goals, and others, we hope to complete construction of the trebuchet by September 2012. Now in the process of completing a five-stage research-to-demonstration work process, the HES has already completed its historical research, developed detailed computer-aided design (CAD) drawings, and evaluated the safety of the design using a design review panel composed of three UCCS engineering professors.

However, in order to construct and demonstrate the trebuchet (Stages 4 and 5 of the project) we require approximately $3,745 in financial and material donations. Over 50 percent of our budget is dedicated to purchasing an expensive oak beam that will serve as the machine’s 12-foot throwing arm.  For historic, strength, and safety reasons, it is absolutely essential that a hardwood such as oak be employed for the throwing arm.

The HES seeks funding from private, small business, and corporate donors in the Colorado Springs region. Funders are encouraged to contribute at varying sponsorship levels ranging from $25 to $1,000.  The sponsorship levels are tied to medieval social and political stations, i.e. king, prince, duke, knight, and squire sponsorships. Those businesses that choose to donate will receive recognition at every event at which the trebuchet is present.  Forms of recognition include, but are not limited to, donor name on display at every event, donor name on flyers advertising upcoming events, and donor name on display beside the trebuchet at the UCCS Heller Center for the Humanities, where the trebuchet will be kept when not in use. The two future stages of the project can only be made possible by generous donations from our community and without their help the realization of our goals and efforts will be impossible.