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  • Trip Report The Pumpkin Launch of 2011 Cal State Fullerton

    Here's hoping I didn't post it too late as to prevent people from making it. Per the weather reports it shouldn't be raining tomorrow unless you're at Cal State Fullerton... then it will rain pumpkins! The annual 2011 Pumpkin Launch. Tink and I are bringing the kids, and this will end up being a TR when we get around to posting it (hence the tag). I didn't want to do 2 threads on it. Hope a few are able to make it, looks like a lot of fun.

    For anyone interested
    Event: 2011 Pumpkin Launch
    Date: Saturday Nov 5, 2011
    Time: 10am- 2pm
    Location; CSUF Athletic Field
    800 N State College Blvd, Fullerton CA
    Price; free parking, event is free but you will need to print out registration as ticket.
    2011 Ticket Registration (free event) Pumpkin Launch Registration | Discovery Science Center
    Description;
    Join Discovery Science Center at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday November 5, 2011 for our annual Pumpkin Launch event! Pumpkin Launch is an exciting day filled with family-friendly activities, hands-on challenges, flying pumpkins and family fun!Bring your lawn chairs and witness history as teams compete to see who can launch a pumpkin the furthest using giant trebuchets and other devices. Plus, bring your carved pumpkin for our pumpkin carving contest*! This event is free to the public

    Here are the links from last year found in OC Register
    Story Can an ordinary guy win Pumpkin Launch? - Fullerton - The Orange County Register
    Video The Great Pumpkin Launch of 2010 : The Orange County Register
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    I'm not sure who made it today. I am in the process of uploading/editing my photos now. I'll just say it was an absolute blast. There are a few "minor" things I'd like to submit as suggestions via email but overall it went well.
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      Calibration started at 10am as they launched medicine balls and dialed in the weight and sling lengths necessary to hit the targets. This is when some learned and others burned. There was a lot of "learning" in the test and adjust portion.
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        Thankfully they had a few stations to occupy the kids before the pumpkins went flying

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        Wonder what my scientists are cooking up


        BANG (half filled with water, crushed alka seltzer tab, gas expands in a confined space and pop goes the cap)

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        Of course probably the best table was the hands on one. The kids managed to build catapults out of popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and a plastic spoon.
        Last edited by techskip; 11-08-2011, 09:38 PM.
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          For the Foodies

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          I broke down... we had Crepes for lunch!
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            Ok so... a couple vids of the fun

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            The Dragon, close target, proved to be the most popular.

            Misfire

            Drop Weight which almost fell over due to the power. It launched that pumpkin over all the targets and almost hit the fence a good 20 yards from the farthest target.

            Decent range, wouldn't call it "Long" but it hit mid field.

            And of course the Grand Finale... which reminded me of the opening scene of Gladiator.


            He really wanted a picture with this one


            The girls loved "The Pink One"... ironically a Da Vinci design originally intended to be wall mounted.

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            She wanted her own photo


            Traditional twisted rope based catapult. The problem with this design is you can't easily adjust the range unless you modify the length of the arm (which was also a modification Da Vinci explored).

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            Posing with Yoda

            FYI This was sponsored by Discovery Science Center. They announced the plans for the Star Wars exhibit starting in mid November. They also handed out flyers with $5 off coupons. I see a Discovery Center trip in our immediate future!

            For anyone who missed it this year... there is always next year. If possible I would LOVE to build and compete. It's free to enter the competition. The "points" are based on accuracy not distance. Farther targets are worth more but you don't get points for how far you launch a pumpkin. You only score if you hit the target.
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              Looks like you guys had a blast! This sounds like a great way to spend Haloween!
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                I'm not seeing the videos, possibly due to your Facebook privacy settings.
                Have bicycle, will ride. Finished 2012 with 10,089 miles, 683 hours, and 482,000 feet of elevation gain.
                2013: 201 rides, 8171 miles, 544 hours, 480K feet.
                2014 so far: 7846 miles, 451,000 feet
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                  Originally posted by Trekkie Dad View Post
                  I'm not seeing the videos, possibly due to your Facebook privacy settings.
                  could be Facebook... settings are the same as the photos so they should show up.
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                    Have bicycle, will ride. Finished 2012 with 10,089 miles, 683 hours, and 482,000 feet of elevation gain.
                    2013: 201 rides, 8171 miles, 544 hours, 480K feet.
                    2014 so far: 7846 miles, 451,000 feet
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                      Originally posted by Trekkie Dad View Post
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                      fixed... the settings were "off" to say the least. My apologies everyone.
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                        Re: The Pumpkin Launch of 2011 Cal State Fullerton

                        I know on they have various pumpkin launching contests in other states, but you don't see it much in California. I honestly wish this became a competition among the colleges.CSUF has been doing it for the past 4 years and each year they learn something new. Last year they banned air compression because an air cannon took out the scoreboard... Now the competition is based on accuracy more then distance. Here's hoping other college campuses use CSUF as an example. It's great for the community, gets kids excited about science, gives students a chance to apply their studies, and allows companies to scout potential talent.
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