Pumpkins get chucked at USU engineering competition

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LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – This story looks like just good old fun, but it was actually a competition involving student mechanical engineers.

Huge crowds were on hand this weekend at Elk Ridge Park in North Logan for the annual Pumpkin Toss Competition. 

Engineering students from around the state seeing who can hurl their pumpkins the farthest. And if you don’t believe this was an engineering competition, here is an explanation from a contestant.

“The big limiting factor on this was we had to keep our counterweight at 300 pounds,” contestant Keith Leavitt told Good4Utah. “So I figured out the optimal beam ratio and the optimal beam length and then designed everything around that so it went the farthest that it could.”

Defintitely an engineering student. The event was put on by the Utah State chapter of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Who says learning can’t be fun?

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