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High School Students Let Pumpkins Fly in Design Competition

Thursday, October 30, 2008


LAWRENCE
— More than 250 high school students sent pumpkins soaring at the 2008
High School Design Competition, hosted Tuesday, Oct. 28, by the University of
Kansas School of Engineering. View the

photo galley

or watch the video.









Overall winners:




1

st

Place: Lawrence
High School, Team Lions
#2



2

nd

Place: Lawrence
High School, Team Lions
#6



3

rd

Place: Lawrence
High School, Team Lions
#5







Longest Distance:




1

st

Place: Labette
County High
School, Team #4



2

nd

Place: Lawrence
High School, Team Lions
#5



3

rd

Place: Lawrence
High School, Team Lions
#6







Most Accurate to a
Target of the Team’s Choosing




1

st

Place: Riley
County High School,
Team #2



2

nd

Place: Lawrence
High School, Team Lions
#5



3

rd

Place: Valley
Heights High
School, The Flingersources







Most Accurate to a
Target of KU’s Choosing




1

st

Place: Remington
High School, The Long
Nine



2

nd

Place: Remington
High School, The Launchers



3

rd

Place: Caney Valley High School,
Justice League







Best Use of
Recycled Materials




1

st

Place: Seaman
High School, Team Viking
7



2

nd

Place: Remington
High School, The Shindigs



3

rd

Place: Seaman
High School, Team Viking
1



The annual competition allowed teams of students in ninth through 12th
grades to test their creative and technical talents as they designed and built
a small trebuchet to send a petite pumpkin pillow flying. A trebuchet is a
gravity-powered machine similar to a catapult that is capable of launching an
object into the air.



Teams from 27 high schools and junior high schools registered for the event;
each submitted a written report of all recycled materials used in their design.



Questions on the competition should be directed to Alexis McKinley Jones,
(785) 864-3402, or studyengineering@ku.edu.







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