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Three Iowa High Schools competed in the annual Trebuchet Egg Throw Competition

21 high school teams competed in the 12th Quad Cities Engineer and Science Council Trebuchet Egg Throw Competition, held Friday at Bettendorf High School.

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley, and North Scott High School students competed in the annual catapult contest Friday at Bettendorf High School. 

Students used trebuchets to launch raw eggs at three different targets. The goal is to be as accurate and consistent as possible and hit 75ft., 100ft., and 125ft. targets. 

Quad City Engineers judged the students designs and performance. 

“We’ve had a few where the eggs went backwards and a few things but that's alright. That's part of the learning process. Because one of the key lessons is failure is not necessarily bad. Sometimes you have to try things. Some things will work. Some things won't work and that's part of the process,” said Pat Barnes with the Quad Cities Engineer and Science Council.