Sunday, November 02, 2008

Pumpkin Launch at Cal State Fullerton!

Good afternoon, Growers!
The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana and the Future Scientists and Engineers of America joined California State University, Fullerton's College of Engineering and Computer Science to offer a fall festival with a science twist yesterday.

The day of fun activities was held at Fullerton’s Titan Stadium. Free activities included a carved-pumpkin contest, a mini-catapult contest, music, a Medieval technology display, entertainment. The highlight of the event was the chance to watch college engineering and some San Diego middle school students, staff from Booz Allen & Hamilton, and Boeing engineers, launch pumpkins using devices designed and built by their respective teams. The devices ranged from Middle Age siege machines called trebuchets, to an industrial strength slingshot by Boeing, to a pneumatic cannon from Cal State University Long Beach, that fired a pumpkin out of Titan stadium during its first test-firing! Also featured at the event were projects from California State University, Fullerton’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, such as a concrete canoe.

For a video of one of the trebuchet's being assembled and tested, please visit:
It was a very pleasant couple of hours of fun!