Hail Chariot Racers! Event Engineered by Students

Hanover High students got a taste of ancient Rome on May 16 when engineering classes built and raced chariots and competed in other ancient games. Spectators, happy to be out of class on a beautiful day, surrounded the field in front of the school. The teams of students competed in several events, including driving a chariot blindfolded, guided only by the passenger’s instructions, and using student-made catapults and slingshots to hit a target.¬† Doc DeFranzo played the part of Caesar, dressed in full Roman toga, crown and sandals. The HHS band played rousing music to accompany the games.
As Engineering teacher Mr. Faria said in announcing the event, “Rome has not seen excitement at this level since the last invasion of the barbarian hordes.”

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Caesar (also known as Doc DeFranzo) leads the opening procession in a modern chariot, driven by senior  Gerard Wynn.
Racers made a grand entrance by circling the field before the start of the games.
Racers made a grand entrance by circling the field before the start of the games.

 

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A chariot team navigates the obstacle course blindfolded while spectators cheer them on.

 

Teams used medieval-style slingshots and catapults that they built to try to hit a target.
Sydney Lambert and her team used ancient slingshots and catapults they built to try to hit a target.

 

Caesar waves to the crowd.
Caesar waves to the crowd.

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