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School District Five InvenTeam wins first place at Pumpkin Chunkin’ Competition

For Immediate Release – November 26, 2019

 

 

School District Five InvenTeam wins first place at Pumpkin Chunkin’ Competition

IRMO – Members of the InvenTeam from the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) placed first at the Annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ competition on Oct. 26. Theta Tau, a professional engineering fraternity at the University of South Carolina (UofSC) hosts the annual event. InvenTeam members include: Connor Hempy, Amare Johnson, and Colten Jackson.

 

“I have always wanted to build a trebuchet, so this year was very exciting to see a vision become reality and take part in the competition,” said Jackson. 

 

The team competed with a traditional rotating arm trebuchet of their own design. The weight-driven catapult threw a two-pound ball using a maximum of 100 pounds of counterweight.

 

Pumpkin Chunkin’ teams were judged on three aspects: ‘Knowledge & Presentation of Design’, ‘Accuracy to a 60-foot Goal’, and ‘Maximum distance’. In the accuracy event the two throws scored were within 1 foot of the mark with a maximum distance achieved of 119-feet, beating last year’s distance by 9 feet.

 

The InvenTeam is a group of students who promote a culture of invention. They engage in problem-based learning that fosters STEM-based skills. The environment of the InvenTeam is one that promotes teamwork and idea-sharing while promoting a mindset of civic-mindedness.  The team competed with a traditional rotating arm trebuchet of their own design. 

 

InvenTeam Coach and Aerospace Engineering Instructor at The Center Dr. Martin Cwiakala said, “We are thankful for organizations like Theta Tau that provide opportunities for our students and support STEM efforts in high schools through their Pumpkin Chunkin’ and Veeblefetzer events.” 

 

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