News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

Engineering Graphics Students Battle in Annual Marshmallow Catapult Competition

April 27, 2010

ROCK HILL—On Thursday, April 29, design teams of York Technical College Engineering Graphics Technology (EGT) students will compete in the Eighth Annual Marshmallow Catapult Competition. This unique and fun event will begin at 11 a.m. on the front lawn of C building, next to Anderson Road, on the York Tech campus.

Spectators are welcome to attend.

Each of the teams has designed and built—according to complete design drawings—a custom catapult intended to toss marshmallows as close to 50 feet as possible. The project is the capstone project for the first year of computer aided drafting and design courses in the EGT and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs.

The rules of the competition reward consistency and accuracy rather than unbridled power. Each team will get three shots to launch its marshmallow up to 50 feet—but not an inch more!—across the lawn. The team with the highest total distance after the three tosses (for a maximum of 150 feet) will be declared the winner.

Following the competition there will be a brief award ceremony for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams, as well as a few honorable mention certificates (ugliest, most creative, etc.).

For more information about Thursday's competition, contact EGT Instructor Susan Sherlock  at (803) 981-7138 or

York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC 29730