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Students construct marshmallow launchers at Univ. of Alabama engineering camp

Students test one of their marshmallow catapults. Source: WBRC video Students test one of their marshmallow catapults. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Summer camp and marshmallows don't mix like you think they might at the University of Alabama.

Tyler Picchi explained how engineering campers brought the two together this week.

"Well it's supposed to act like a slingshot," he said.

Kids are making marshmallow launchers from card board, newspaper, duct tape and nails. And that suits them just fine.

"It took a lot of work cause we had a lot of constraints. We could only use certain items and objects," Deja Gibson said.

This week 34 high schools juniors and seniors from across the country will see how much they really like engineering and what type of engineering best suits them.

They built these contraptions during the Student Introduction to Engineering (SITE) Camp.

Alexis Papadelias, University of Alabama student, said the camp is also a great way for the school to connec with potential, future students.

"Students are actually a lot more interested and now with this particular program they're trying to recruit students and its kind of a recruiting tool not just for the college of engineering but the University of Alabama," she said.

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