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WVU Statler College to host Pumpkin Drop

A student's engineering design is being tested by dropping. Their concept is a trash can with a parachute.

Flying gourds return to Morgantown this week. The WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources will host the 34th Pumpkin Drop on Friday (Oct. 27). (WVU Photo/Hunter Given)

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WHAT: The West Virginia University Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources welcomes students and teachers from across the state for the 34th Pumpkin Drop, a design competition that puts students’ engineering concepts to the test.

WHO: Hundreds of K-12 teams will design enclosures to protect pumpkins during an 11-story drop from the Engineering Sciences Building roof.  

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 27, 8:30 a.m.— 2 p.m.

WHERE: In front of the Engineering Sciences Building, Evansdale Campus, Morgantown

NOTES: The top prize of $100 is awarded to the school whose team lands their intact pumpkin closest to the target center. Second-place prize is $50. The third-place team receives $25. 

The event is sponsored by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the WVU student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. All proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Morgantown.

WVU engineering student organizations and competition teams will be showcasing and demonstrating various projects in their STEM specialties.

See video from the 2022 Pumpkin Drop.



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WVU Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

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