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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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