During Halloween, most people carve their pumpkins; but, the physics and engineering classes decided to throw theirs. Their competition was inspired by the Pumpkin Chunkin which is a national competition put on by the Discovery Channel a few years ago.

In this competition, physics and engineering classes at Penn work together to build catapults, trebuchets, and ballistas.

The goal? To throw a pumpkin the farthest distance. The students built the devices with little to no help from teachers.

Mr. Jonathan Lockwood, who brought the event to Penn, explains: “Punkin’ Chunkin is a national event. It was put on the Discovery Channel a couple of years ago. We scaled it down to a smaller competition between the physics and engineering classes.”

As it stands, Penn is planning on continuing the competition next year.

By Kevin McNulty

Kevin McNulty teaches English and Mass Media Studies at Penn High School. He advises the Penn News Network and manages the PNN Studio and news room. For more information, navigate your browser to www.massmediastudies.net.