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THE GREAT PUMPKIN LAUNCH

In a prime example of hands-on learning, students in Joe Donnelly’s honors engineering class recently completed a project involving the creation of trebuchets.

The class was divided into three teams who, after working through the research and design process, created a small model. The models then became the basis for full-size trebuchets that were built in the classroom, reassembled on the field and safety checked prior to the actual pumpkin launch. 

Lower school students who had been invited to the great launch watched in delight and awe as the machines sent pumpkins flying, the farthest traveling 120 feet across the western campus.