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November 13, 2012

PSU students good with gourds

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The team members are already considering ways to tweak their design for next year and hopefully bring home the gold once again.

“I don’t really want to say more on the design,” Stowe said. “But we definitely have an idea about what kind of trebuchet we want to build and how we want to do it.” 

Pumpkin chuckers take their business seriously.

Podalak is quick to point out that, along with the fun atmosphere of the competition, the Pumpkin Chuckin’ Festival raises money for a good cause: the Lamoille Family Center in Lamoille County, Vt.

‘INCREDIBLE WORKERS’

The Physics and Engineering Club does more than just throw pumpkins in a farm field once a year. The members work on other projects and are always on the lookout for contests. They are currently working on a prototype for a new design of electric car that they eventually hope to enter in the Schell Eco-marathon in Houston.

“We want to build it, so we can test it and make modifications,” Stowe said. “Then, after we think the car is complete, we can enter it into competitions.”

Podolak sees a simple reason for the success of the Physics and Engineering Club.

“My students are very dedicated. They are incredible workers, doing all this on their own without being paid or anything.”

Stowe, though, says it has as much to do with their professor, who is taking their learning out of the textbook, opening it up to the real world and making it fun.

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SEE THE CHUCK

Videos of the Plattsburgh State team's pumpkin-chuck efforts can be found on YouTube or at vtpumpkinchuckin.blogspot.com.

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