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.

 

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About SD Mines

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,859 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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