Tuesday, July 26 — There's not much of a chance of rain tonight. However, gallons of water will be flying through the air and hurtling down to the ground in Valley Court Park in downtown East Lansing. Anyone in the area is also encouraged to bring his or her sunglasses for this event.
These discordant details will not be the result of a bizarre weather phenomenon — or any other sort of impending apocalypse — but rather the product of a giant catapult.
Tonight at 7 p.m., the Impression 5 science center will demonstrate the capabilities of trebuchet catapults as part of East Lansing’s Play in the Park summer activity series.
Several trebuchets of various sizes will be set up for this family-friendly, hands-on demonstration. Participants will be challenged to adjust the counterweights of the catapults in order to fling gallons of water varying distances across the park. They will learn about the science behind gravity and how to determine a trajectory path, and of course, they will get to watch things fly and splatter.
“It’s ageless in a sense,” said Micaela Balzer, education director of the Impression 5 science center. “Who doesn’t like to see things being thrown into the air?”
However, Balzer has an important safety recommendation. “Wear sunglasses,” she urges anyone interested in attending. “People want to look up at the sky to see it all, and wearing sunglasses is a must.”
In the unlikely event of stormy weather, it will be canceled.