Students Continue Tradition of the Great Pumpkin Launch

November 6, 2012
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering, Air Force ROTC, Aviation Science, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Parks College News, Physics


On November 3rd, students of Parks College of Engineering Aviation and Technology gathered in teams to compete in The Annual Great Pumpkin Launch on Saint Louis University’s Tegeler Field.

At the beginning of October, the Association of Parks College Students (APCS) challenged fellow classmates to build the ultimate mechanical pumpkin launching machine that would be judged in the following categories: accuracy, distance, and most innovative design. Each team was provided $100 to put towards building materials. 

Four teams competed this year, which included the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) students, “The Wombats” — comprised of physics students, a team of graduate students working on the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network initiative grant, and “The Spaniards.”

The farthest pumpkin launched was by the ASME team’s catapult with a distance of 158ft! The most innovative design category went to the graduate student team who utilized exercise bands as a sling shot and a wooden frame that helped hold their device together. The team of graduate students also won the accuracy challenge when they struck the target they were aiming for dead on, knocking over the cone!

The Great Pumpkin Launch — now in its fourth year — not only helps students put their engineering skills to good use, but the event also raises money for charities. Canned goods were collected and baked goods were sold with half of the proceeds going to charity.

“The Spaniards” took home 3rd place, ASME students won 2nd place, and “the Graduate Students” won 1st Place along with the honor of having their names etched on the Golden Pumpkin. Each year, the winning team will add their name to the golden pumpkin with a photograph that will be displayed at Parks College.

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