Swords have been around for about 5,000 years and are simple and easy to use. Well, not really. There is much more science and engineering to a sword than meets the eye, and skillfully using one takes considerable practice. In this class, students will make wooden and pvc swords and learn about engineering related topics such as balance, angular inertia and momentum, and center of percussion. Then, after padding the swords with foam and outfitting each participant with the proper safety gear,the class will introduce students to basic sword handling and sparring techniques. So, get ready to put on your suit of armor, learn some new skills and engage in some high energy medieval fun in this highly creative, engineering intensive class.