Pumpkin Launch 2010


Contact: Evangeline Lyu



Discovery Science Center to Host Pumpkin Launch 2010

Day of family fun and fall activities set for Saturday, Nov. 20 at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium

SANTA ANA, Calif. – November, 2010 – Taco Bell Discovery Science Center, California State University, Fullerton and Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA) will team up to offer a day of hands-on science fun at the 3rd annual Pumpkin Launch, Saturday, November 20, 2010, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Free activities will include marshmallow catapult contests, spud rocket building, paper airplane making, seltzer rocket building, music, entertainment, a live science show and the chance to watch engineering students launch pumpkins across the Cal State Fullerton field at Titan Stadium!

“We are hosting Pumpkin Launch 2010 as a day of fun for the whole family,” said Janet Yamaguchi, Vice President of Education at Discovery Science Center. “But we have a larger goal. Engineers and engineering students will inspire the next generation by showcasing their trebuchets and other launching devices, which will launch pumpkins across the Titan Football Field.” Also being featured at the event are projects from California State University, Fullerton’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, such as a concrete canoe and a solar-powered dune buggy.

About California State University, Fullerton

Located at 800 N. State College Boulevard, Fullerton, the university is the largest of 23-campus California State University system. The university has several dynamic programs to encourage students to enter the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and offers mentoring and outreach programs to area schools and community colleges. The university’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is ranked among the top 100 engineering colleges in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Titan Stadium is near the corner of State College and Yorba Linda boulevards.

About Future Scientists and Engineers of America

Future Scientists and Engineers of America (FSEA) is a national program of Discovery Science Center. FSEA gives students an opportunity to experience real engineering and science with a practical, hands-on method, which uses projects that challenge student teams to creatively solve problems. With Future Scientists and Engineers of America, while students are building a rocket, ROV, or pendulum clock, they’re building teamwork, intelligence, and a really sweet future. www.fsea.org

About Discovery Science Center

Orange County’s only Smithsonian Affiliate. Walk through the belly of a giant dinosaur in Dino Quest, feel the winds of a hurricane in a simulator and gear up for flying pucks in The Science of Hockey, and blast off with our newest, permanent exhibit, Boeing Rocket Lab. Hundreds of thousands of students and families experience science, Southern California-style at Taco Bell Discovery Science Center each year. What will you discover?

Located at 2500 N. Main St. in Santa Ana, Calif., Taco Bell Discovery Science Center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more information on annual memberships, group rates, special events, teacher workshops, sleepovers and more, call 714-542-CUBE or visit us online: www.discoverycube.org

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2010 Pumpkin Launch Time Line and Events

The 3rd annual Pumpkin Launch will be held at Titan Stadium, November 20th, 2010. The event is scheduled from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.

In addition to the actual Pumpkin Launching, the events scheduled will include several stations for interactive activities for students consisting of the following:

  • Build your own catapult and throw marshmallows competition
  • Tower Building Activity and competition (using various size blocks, build the tallest tower)
  • Pop Rocket activity – film canisters and alka-seltzer tablets,
  • Spud Rockets – launch a potato piece at a target
  • Paper Airplane Building
  • Science Stage Show

Other activities

  • Medieval Weapons Demonstration and combat, medieval arts and crafts
  • Arboretum Pumpkin Education
  • Concessions

Pumpkin Launch

  • All teams have an opportunity to test fire until 11:00 am.


Time-Line November 20th

6:00 am – 9:00 am Teams set up launch devices

9:00 am Event opens/Welcome

9:15 am -11am Activities and events (See above)

10:00 am -11:00 am Test fire devices w/medicine balls

9:00 am – 11:00 am Medieval Battle Demonstration, arts and crafts – Ongoing

11:00 am -11:20 am Science Stage Show

11:30 am Competition Starts

12:30 am Competition Ends Final remarks/Awards Ceremony