Great Pumpkin Launch

November 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tegler Field

Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Air Force ROTC, Aviation Science, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Program, Physics

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The Association of Parks College Students will host the annual “Great Pumpkin Launch” from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Tegeler Field on Saint Louis University’s campus.

Student teams from SLU’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology will compete to see who can launch basketball-sized pumpkins the closest to a 12-inch round target nearly 75 feet away using a mechanical catapult built from scratch. The team that is closest wins.

The contest may sound like all fun and games, but it’s serious stuff. Parks College prides its self on hands-on learning and education outside the classroom. The “Great Pumpkin Launch” is an example of engineering students putting their knowledge into practice.

The competition isn’t a free-for-all either. Like any other good sport, the “Great Pumpkin Launch” features rules, judges and scorekeepers. There are also restrictions. Among them, contestants must use a something other than their hands to trigger the launch. They also cannot use pressurized devices or chemicals. And for safety reasons, sharp objects are out as well.

  • A list of complete rules will be posted soon!

The event also will include great food for sale.

For more information, contact Mary Jennerjohn at mjennerj@slu.edu.

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