The ancient trebuchet was a machine used to throw stones and other projectiles using the energy of a free-falling or fixed counterweight in the medieval warfare. The task of this project was to create a working trebuchet that can launch a projectile, using a free-falling counterweight. The ideal purpose of this trebuchet was to see how far the projectile could go incorporating kinetic and potential energy.
a.)When in a group project there are always skills you need to follow, and address to have a successful outcome. Many of those skills created obstacles in this exhibition for me, like communicating with the group and being able to critically think. When trying to communicate to my group members sometimes there was confusion, and misunderstanding on what was trying to be acquired. I, for one, should of used my critical thinking more especially when it came to building the trebuchet. This project gave the ability to incorporate my “creativity” into it. I also had to collaborate with the group to construct this trebuchet. When creating the prototype I got to input ideas on what to do to make it a success. When doing so I had to collaborate with the group otherwise it got out of hand creating the prototype and final trebuchet to fail. When no one collaborated their ideas there was this brick wall that we couldn’t get over until someone thought of something. Making it a challenge to move forward with the project, so we had to work together to come up with good ideas.
b.)I think the one thing that challenged me was trying to address my ideas to the group. When trying to do so there would be confusion on what I was trying to come across. This provoked me to have to try and explain my thinking to the group in different ways, until they were able to understand it.
c.)I was able to contribute to the group a lot when we started doing all these packets at the beginning of the project. The packet was filled with questions on trebuchets, and how they are made and function. I was able to find that information pretty well, because I am pretty good at researching.. There may have been a time when it would take me awhile to find it or get confused, but somehow when they needed me to find something I would most likely do so.