Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

November 6, 2006

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a…Pumpkin?

Whitworth students to launch gourds Nov. 11 as test of engineering skills

What: Students in Whitworth Associate Professor of Physics Richard Stevens' engineering-orientation class will smash pumpkins to a pulp on Saturday, Nov. 11, in a competition that will test the students' engineering savvy. The third-annual pumpkin-launching contest is the culmination of 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: The pumpkin launch will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. 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.


Richard Stevens, associate professor of physics, (509) 777-4508 or rstevens@whitworth.edu.

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

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