The Pumpkin Challenge

Published on: November 2, 2015

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Second year students accepted the Pumpkin Challenge to carve a pumpkin that was structurally robust. Pumpkins were scored on two factors: 1) they were all given a score of the percent of weight of each pumpkin that was removed, 2) their bearing weight was calculated by placing weights on top of the carved pumpkins. Each pumpkin had a final calculated score that was the product of the percent of weight removed times the ratio of bearing weight to final weight of the pumpkin. The winners of the Pumpkin Challenge were the Seedy Ladies. Congratulations!

The Pumpkin Challenge
Initial Weight Carved Weight
Team Name Pounds Ounces Pounds Ounces Percent Lost Bearing Weight Bearing Percent of Carved Weight Final Score Rank
Smashing Pumpkins 16 8.0 9 1.5 45% 160 1759% 7.90 3
The Seedy Ladies 17 12.5 10 2.5 43% 270 2658% 11.40 1
The Winners 13 13.5 7 5 47% 125 1709% 8.06 2
Agent Orange 14 11.0 8 2 45% 95 1169% 5.22 6
Team G-6 13 0.5 6 13.5 47% 65 950% 4.51 7
Alla Prima Pumpkin 25 13.5 11 10 55% 125 1075% 5.92 5
Gutsy 19 10.0 11 9.5 41% 200 1725% 7.06 4

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