Ballista - ancient military device for hurling stones!In medieval and Roman times, the BALLISTA was at the cutting edge of modern warfare. The ballista was used to hurl rocks at enemy encampments. A well-built ballista is both extremely accurate and awesomely destructive!
Your objective is to construct a Ballista and then battle it out with your opponents defeating all that stand before you! Although scaled down in size, the techniques and materials used replicate those used in medieval times. No technical skills are needed however your teams will enjoy tweaking with the set-up to get the best from their Ballista.
Each team will be provided with a menu of challenges and tasks. These can be active or cerebral, long or short, simple or complex. For each challenge completed teams may select one item from the Ye Olde Medieval Stores. Teams can choose either equipment (such as a pole or some rope) or consultancy (design tips or knot tying instructions). At least a minimum set of equipment to build a simple ballista will be required. Consultancy, however, is optional - teams may choose to draw upon existing skills and knowledge within the team.The Ballista! Event runs in three stages:
Stage 1: Planning & Purchasing
During this stage plans are drawn up, challenges tackled and equipment stockpiled.
Stage 2: Constructing & Testing your Ballista
Teams construct a Ballista and build their defences. There is time to test and modify the Ballista before the final stage...
Stage 3: The Endgame!
Teams take it in turn to fire upon opponents’ fortified positions. If your fortified village is destroyed your team is eliminated from the duel. Let battle commence!
This is a fun, competitive, team activity. It will appeal to a practically-minded audience who will enjoy the challenge and teamwork involved in building and improving their prototype. The Ballista! activity can run indoors or outdoors so is suitable all year round.
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