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Teams Toss Produce in Annual Punkin Chunkin Contest
South Dakota Ag Connection - 10/09/2019

Budding scientists and engineers from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and one area high school put their skills to the test during two public displays of ingenuity at the annual Punkin Chunkin contest at Memorial Park.

Teams have designed trebuchets, or catapults, that will launch pumpkins overhead in a competition for the most accurate and farthest toss.

The public watched the popular event during two separate competition times in downtown Rapid City. All teams competed in the first time slot and the top three during second contest The annual contest is sponsored by RESPEC and is part of the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival.

SD Mines teams included representatives from the Society of Physics Students (SPS) and individual teams from the university's Center of Excellence for Advanced Multidisciplinary Projects (CAMP), including Formula, Steel Bridge, ChemE Car, Baja and Robotics. The Mines Clean Snowmobile team will score during the competition and the Hardrocker Human Powered Vehicle Team will serve as safety officers. A team from Rapid City Central High School will also compete.

The Society of Physics Students is a professional association that includes students and their advisers. Membership, through collegiate chapters, is open to anyone interested in physics. The SD Mines SPS chapter is active in several community events annually.

CAMP is a unique nationally-recognized program that brings together students, faculty and industry leaders to partner on hands-on real-world projects. Students participating in CAMP can be part of a team preparing for national competition by building such things as alternative fuel vehicles, a concrete canoe, an unmanned aerial vehicle, a mini Indy or Baja car, or working on projects involving robotics or hydrogen fuel cells.

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