On Saturday, November 1, 2014, Join Discovery Cube at Cal State Fullerton for the annual Pumpkin Launch event!
Participate in hands-on activities and challenges
Witness flying pumpkins launched by giant trebuchets
Bring a carved pumpkin for our pumpkin carving contest (must be pre-carved)
Enjoy food from your favorite gourmet food trucks
Bring your lawn chairs and witness history at this free event as teams compete to see who can launch a pumpkin at targets using giant trebuchets and other devices. Plus, kids can participate in hands-on activities throughout the day. Don’t miss this great family event!
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cal State Fullerton is located at 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831. Parking is free on Saturdays. Campus map and directions are available online.
This event gives engineering enthusiasts can watch various homemade trebuchets launch pumpkins through the air during the competition. Like in past years, competitors include several teams of CSUF engineering and physics students. To see the 2012 event, watch the video.
For a more hands-on lesson on projectiles, youngsters are invited to build their own mini catapults with Popsicle sticks and launch marshmallows. Other activities include pop-rocket building and a whiffle ball catapult station. Plus, a medieval showcase will present costumes, weapons, weaving materials and other replicated artifacts from the medieval ages.
The goal of Pumpkin Launch is multifaceted,” states Joe Adams, president of the Discovery Science Center. “It provides young people the opportunity to visit a university campus, interact with student engineers and consider an academic and lifelong career in a STEM-related field, all while watching fruit fly through the air!”
This event is designed to give adolescents the opportunity to see what a college campus is like and to introduce them to academics in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related-industries. Attendees can learn about the science of flying pumpkins and other objects in a creative and interactive way.
images and information from Discoverycube.org and fullerton.edu