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Students Apply STEM Skills During 2nd Pumpkin Slinging Competition


Pumpkin Slinging 2017
This year’s winning team was from Morris Knolls High School, followed by Madison,
West Orange, Livingston and Hillside High. The competition is designed to give students
an opportunity to use some of their STEM skills. Their catapult designs were observed by
engineers and scientists from Picatinny Arsenal. As the pumpkins were hurled into the lake,
the students were able to see the instruments and methods used to measure
their performance. Photos by Jesse Glass.

More than 100 northern New Jersey middle and high school students tested their engineering skills when they competed on Oct.20 to determine who had designed the best catapult to launch pumpkins the farthest into Lake Picatinny

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The competition allows students to use science, technology engineering and math (STEM) knowledge in a fun and competitive way. By building catapults to fling pumpkins, participants used physics and mathematics that included linear kinematics, projectile motion, trigonometry, and engineering physics.

Participants in the 2017 competition represented Dover Middle School, Hillside High School, Madison High School, Morris Knolls High School, Morristown High School, West Orange High School and Sussex County Technical School.

This year’s winning team was from Morris Knolls High School, followed by Madison, West Orange, Livingston and Hillside High.

Their catapult designs were observed by engineers and scientists from Picatinny Arsenal. As the pumpkins were hurled into the lake, the students were able to see the instruments and methods used to measure their performance.

Picatinny Arsenal employs hundreds of scientists and engineers who will need to be replaced in future years.

Picatinny Arsenal has created a STEM Education Outreach Program involving many members of its large research technical workforce. They support public and private schools, colleges and universities with no-cost assistance, professional development training, creation of new instructional equipment, and support of student robotics teams with funding.

-FRANK MISURELLI, Picatinny Arsenal Public Affairs, 11/10/2017


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