As anybody who has ever built a catapult knows, there’s something special about machines that hurl. This year, Maker Faire features the King of Fling Catapult Contest.
Two hurling events are planned. The first is called the English Battle. Based on the King Edward I’s siege of Stirling Castle in 1304, catapult makers compete in a test of accuracy and distance.
The second King of Fling event is the Chinese Battle. It was inspired by the catapult artillery used in the battle of Xiang Yang in 1268 AD. Teams will toss water balloons at their opponents as Makers vie for catapult supremacy. Bai fā bai zhÃ²ng! (Shoot with unfailing accuracy!)
Registration information is available at Link.