‘Punkin Chunkin’ pumpkin toss a fun lesson for Holmdel students
Students at the New School in Holmdel were able to apply a variety of knowledge during their "punkin chunkin" pumpkin tossing event.
The students from the school launched their pumpkins from a working trebuchet they nicknamed "Lucille." A trebuchet is a type of catapult used during the Middle Ages as a weapon to hurl rocks at castles.
The children painted, weighed and measured their pumpkins, then marked the distance traveled to help figure out the ideal size and mass of the projectile.
Teachers at the New School say this fun lesson can apply to many subjects.
"You take a project and you build in math. You build in science. You build in art," says Susan Chilvers, the educational director and founder of the New School.
The students found that the smallest and heaviest pumpkins were the most efficient.