Storm the Citadel!'s emcee this year, Tessa Spencer

Everyone is welcome to Storm the Citadel! on Valentine’s Day with Tessa Spencer

The most exciting STEM competition in the South gets underway again on Feb. 14, 2015, when a record number of competitors come to Charleston to Storm The Citadel! This year, Tessa Spencer, WCIV (ABC 4) morning news anchor and host of Lowcountry Live, will be the emcee, speaking to the more than 3,000 visitors on a jumbo-screen with social media integration. 

Co-hosted and co-founded by Google and The Citadel’s School of Engineering, the event reinforces the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.  Using their best engineering know-how, teams of K-12 and college students, as well as adults from community organizations and businesses, worked for months designing medieval-style launching devices called trebuchets. They’ll see whose design works best by launching balls and other items through the air at targets. Google has a team that loves hurling stuff. They’ve been competing since the first Storm The Citadel! in 2011.

The event is part of the college’s DiscoverE week, which includes robotics and bridge building competitions as well as the new Lego Gear Challenge, also held on campus Feb. 14. The Citadel is home to the fifth oldest engineering school in America.

Join the hundreds of people lining Summerall Field as they cheer on their favorite team during Storm the Citadel! 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 4:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend or to compete in any of the events, but participants must be registered in advance. To participate in Storm The Citadel! 2016, send an email to