Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 2, 2005

Whitworth Students to Test Engineering Skills in Nov. 5 Pumpkin Launch

What: Students in Whitworth Associate Professor of Physics Richard Stevens' engineering-orientation class will send hapless pumpkins airborne on Saturday, Nov. 5, during a contest that will test the students' engineering savvy. The pumpkin-launching contest is the culmination of the students' efforts to apply basic physics and engineering principles to design simple machines that throw pumpkins as far as possible using only mechanical means such as counterweights and springs. The students are not allowed to use compressed gases, chemical reactions or electrical power in their designs.

When: Pumpkin launching will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, and will conclude when the final pumpkin is flung. The event is free and open to the public.

Where: The launch site is located between Baldwin-Jenkins Residence Hall and Pirate's Cove, on the northeast end of the Whitworth campus.

Click here to view a Quicktime video taken during last year's pumpkin launch. To download a free copy of the QuickTime player visit www.apple.com/quicktime.


John Larkin, assistant professor of physics and coordinator of the pumpkin launch, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4865 or jlarkin@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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