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ODU PHYSICS TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN WITH ANNUAL PUMPKIN DROP

Dozens of pumpkins will be dropped from atop the tallest building on the Old Dominion University campus on Tuesday, Oct. 31, in a traditional Halloween demonstration sponsored by the Society of Physics Students.

The annual Pumpkin Drop, which begins at 12:30 p.m. on the northwest side of the Batten Arts and Letters Building, invites student competitors to build creative and efficient pumpkin catchers. Each catcher is designed to cushion the landing of a basketball-sized pumpkin so that it survives a 100-foot fall.

Last year, the top prize for the most successful/compact catcher was shared by two teams of ODU physics students that used air mattresses in their devices. The top prize for creative catcher went to a team of high school students from Portsmouth Christian School. Their catcher looked like a giant cup of Starbucks coffee topped with whipped cream.

Charles Hyde-Wright, professor of physics, is faculty advisor for the Pumpkin Drop. More about the event is at http://www.physics.odu.edu/~sps/sps2000/. This activity serves as an outreach to the university community to demonstrate fundamental properties of physics: gravity, force, and velocity.

The rain date for the event is Thursday, Nov. 2.

This article was posted on: October 27, 2006

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