Area Students Launch Pumpkins at Annual Catapult Competition

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MULLICA HILL, N.J. -

While many celebrate Halloween by carving pumpkins, officials with a local university took the pumpkin tradition to new heights.

In Mullica Hill, members with Rowan University's American Society of Mechanical Engineers invited students from regional high schools, colleges, and universities in the area for the 16th annual Pumpkin Chunkin catapult competition.

On Friday, October 26th, teams tested their crafted catapults by launching pumpkins across a 400-foot range at targets modeled after this year's theme, which was Marvel vs. DC.

Event organizers say the event was — of course — to have some fun, but to also promote STEM Engineering.

"It gets children involved in the STEM fields pretty early on," said Pete Genovese, president, ASME, Rowan Chapter. "So, we have a lot of high schools here. In fact more high schools than colleges are coming out and these are students who are working with engineering or maybe are thinking of completely different majors.

"They get a chance to build a trebuchet completely from scratch, do all the physics and engineering behind it, come out and just have a good time with it."

Friday's event, which also featured games, food trucks, raffles, and Halloween-themed fun for all ages, ended with awards and the prize of a drone is given to the winners of Pumpkin Chunkin 2018.

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