On November 23, 2013, Eugene Maker Space held its first ever punkin’ chunkin’ competition at The Science Factory! Â It was such a fun event with a fantastic turn out. Â We had five teams enter the pumpkin chunking contest, with a 6th last minute entry. Â The last entry was a much smaller machine that threw apples instead of pumpkins. Â This machine was measured but competed in it’s own “apple class”. Â It was much smaller than the other chunkers but it was no less impressive, as the results will surely demonstrate. Â All of the teams put a lot of effort into their machines and it was fantastic to see the different types of machines. Â There were three trebuchets, a mangonel, and a three armed slingshot. Â They all performed fantastically.
The competition had three heats. Â Each team got to fire their chunkers one time per heat. Â The furthest distance out of all three heats was the one that was counted for the contest results.
- Team Low Earth Orbit – 380 Feet
- Team Shanker Free Crankers – 233 Feet
- Team F=MA – 74 Feet
- Team Kerbalnauts – 70 Feet
- Team C-Pepo Propulsion – 57 Feet
- Team Waffles – 376 Feet
Thank you so much to all the teams! Â Without you this would not have been so much fun. Â Another thank you to The Science Factory for hosting the event. Â And yet another thank you to everyone that volunteered to help out with the event. Â It wouldn’t have gone as smoothly without you.
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