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