EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSStudents Learn Math, Science While Competing For Pumpkin Title
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Reported by: Taisha Walker
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Oct. 17, 2013 3:45 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 17, 2013 3:50 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Students from across the Mountain State applied the skills they learned inside the classroom outdoors Thursday afternoon. The large group also had some fun smashing pumpkins in the process.
The 15th Annual Capital City Pumpkin Drop took place Thursday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.
Students from 27 different schools across 11 counties in West Virginia, cheered on as they watched their team's pumpkin fall 63 feet in the air by trucks operated by Appalachian Power.
Melissa Thompson, one of the event’s organizers said the goal was to help keep kids engaged in math and physics; to spark their creativity; and make the learning process fun.
“What's so great about this event is that it gets the kids working as teams in the classroom and they get to use what we call kinetic skills,” said Thompson, an associate professor at Bridgemont Community and Technical College. “So they are using their hands and they are actually designing and using their brains of course and doing a lot of fun in the classroom, but its not all in a textbook."
The students were challenged to design a container that would keep their pumpkin intact when dropped from a high altitude. Thompson said there were close to 90 entries for the competition.
The winning team took home $200 and the Grand Slam Pumpkin title for getting the highest score.
The smashed pumpkins will be donated to a local farm and fed to livestock.
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