Pumpkin Chunkin' Competition Promotes STEM Engineering

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MANTUA, N.J. -

In Mantua Township on Friday, Oct. 27th, Rowan University's American Society of Mechanical Engineers (A.S.M.E.) invited students from regional high schools, colleges, and universities to a Pumpkin Chunkin' Catapult Competition.

Each team took turns testing their crafted catapults by launching pumpkins across a 400-foot range at targets modeled after the video game Angry Birds.

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This was the 15th year for the event, which not only provides fun for students but also promotes STEM engineering.

"They have so much fun at this event because it really gets the students so excited for mechanical engineering and engineering in general," said Allison Tingley, vice president of Rowan University A.S.M.E.

"And there's not really a lot of other places where you can compete high schools and colleges together so its a great experience for the high school students to see what it is like." 

The day, which also included a pumpkin toss, pumpkin carving, and a costume contest, ended with awards and the prize of a 3d printer given to the winners of Pumpkin Chunkin' 2017.

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