Mines News

Release Date Monday, September 25, 2017

Pumpkin Chuckin Contest Tests Mines Scientists and Engineers

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 2, 2017) – Budding scientists and engineers at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology put their skills to the test in a public display of ingenuity at the annual Pumpkin Chunkin contest (video here). The event was held at Memorial Park in downtown Rapid City as part of the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival. 

SD Mines teams who took part included representatives of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and the university’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing Production (CAMP).  Teams have designed trebuchets, or catapults, that will toss pumpkins high overhead in a competition for the most accurate and farthest flight.

The SD Mines Steel Bridge Team, part of CAMP, won the contest this year with 640 points. Scoring is based on both accuracy and distance.  This year's Pumpkin Chuckin crowd was estimated at 4000 people.

The Society of Physics Students is a professional association that includes students and their advisers. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The SD Mines SPS chapter is active in several community events annually.

CAMP is a unique nationally-recognized program that brings together students, faculty and industry leaders to partner on hands-on real-world projects. Students participating in CAMP can be part of a team preparing for national competition by building alternative fuel vehicles, a concrete canoe, an unmanned aerial vehicle, or a mini Indy or Baja car, or working on projects involving robotics or hydrogen fuel cells.



About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Charles Michael Ray , 605-394-6082, charles.ray@sdsmt.edu