A Pumpkin Chunkin’?• Theta Tau, professional engineering fraternity, will be hosting a competition for high school students involved with PLTW and FIRST to build a catapult capable of tossing a uniform ball.• All catapults will have the same dimensional requirements.• The competition will be judged by how accurately the catapult can lob the ball at a target, how far the ball can travel, and group rebuilding and presentation
Requirements• Base: 3ft wide x 4ft long x 5ft tall (excluding arm)• Counter Weight: Maximum 200 lbs (can be barbell weights, rocks, or water) – We will weigh rocks and we will watch and make sure the appropriate amount of water is added• The only force that will drive the counterweight is gravity. You can not have springs attached. If we see these we may disqualify your team.• Projectile: 2lb (6in diameter wooden ball with metal core) – We will provide this for the day of the competition• Instructors can guide students into the right direction since this is a large task. However, instructors are not allowed to build the catapult for students or create the blueprint for the catapult. This is an event to test how well the students understand principles of engineering and physics.• SAFETY – Every trebuchet needs a safety mechanism that can be disarmed from 20ft away from the catapult – If you do not have a safety mechanism you will be disqualified• FIRING MECHANISM – The firing mechanism has to be disarmed from a distance of 25 ft from the catapult
Scoring• Accuracy: 40pts (First Launch) – Target will be set at 40yd – A point will be deducted for every yard the projectile lands from the center of the target• Distance: 40pts (Second Launch) – The furthest launch will be awarded 40 points – Every team afterwards will receive points based on (their distance/furthest distance)X40pts• Rebuild/Group Presentation: 20 pts – You can either set up your trebuchet on site or transport the full structure – If you transport the full structure then the team must make a presentation – If you rebuild on site that will count as your presentation • This presentation is to gauge the knowledge gained by the students. This will show their hard work as well as illuminate the though process behind their specific build. This presentation will be conducted to make sure that the students grasp the knowledge and physics behind their catapult. This will be judged by professors and students from USC’s College of Engineering.
Pumpkin Chunkin Contest• First Place- $500 donated to their program• Second Place- $350• Third Place- $ 250• All teams get certificates
Other Activities:• Pay-for-play tickets will be sold• These activities are subject to change – Bobbing for Apples – Face Painting – Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest – Cake Walk – Pumpkin Decorating – Cornhole – Pumpkin Bowling
Points of Impact• Reach out to high school students that are considering engineering career paths.• Recruit professors to participate in crucial one-on-one interaction between potential students.• Support an organization that promotes interest in the engineering field.• Reach out to parents of students in order to help with USC recruiting
People to Contact for Questions• Ray Cormany (Fundraising Chair): – Cormanjr@email.sc.edu• Brooke Carroll: – Carrolb2@email.sc.edu• Kara Garrott: – Garrott@email.sc.edu• Cory Goodman: – Goodmacm@email.sc.edu