The Physics Club participated in the 5th annual event hosted by CSUF and the Discovery Science Center.

Pumpkin2012_3Hundreds of people, families and children, came to campus Saturday afternoon to witness a variety of launch devices and often spectacular results. Some 20 teams competed from local colleges and high schools, incuding several teams from our own colleges of Engineering and NSM.

The Physics Club team was led by club president, Brandon Grisanti, CSUF-chapter SPS president Heather Chilton, and new club member, Nousha Afshari.

The two most popular launch designs were trebuchets and slingshots. The Physics Club spent eight weeks designing and building their seven-foot tall slingshot supported by a metal frame and plywood ramp. Latex surgical tubing was used for the sling and a mechanical winch for loading it.

Unfortunately, the club didn't place this year, since shots are also scored for accuracy, but the club intends to improve on both accuracy and distance for next year's event.Pumpkin2012_2