OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Engineering students plan “pumpkin chunkin” event

11/01/2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at Oregon State University will again hold a “Pumpkin Chunkin” event on Friday, Nov. 12, near the OSU campus.

The event, in which engineering and non-engineering students build devices designed to throw pumpkins, is free and open to the public. It will be in a park near 11th and Monroe Street. Registration begins at 2 p.m., with a $5 team fee for the groups participating, and first throws will start at 2:30 p.m. Themed entries are highly encouraged.

Devices must meet certain specifications, and the competition allows students to display some of the techniques and skills they are learning in their engineering programs. Prizes will be given for design, performance and safety, as teams compete to hit a target 50 yards away. Competitors get five consecutive shots and must supply their own pumpkins.

For more information, visit the OSU ASME web site, at http://groups.engr.oregonstate.edu/asme/