Physics and Engineering classes host Pumpkin Chunkin

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.