October 13, 2006

Looking for the biggest "splat"? Case School of Engineering highlights its Homecoming Weekend with pumpkin drop contest

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Goal is to promote engineering, get kids involved and encourage them to go into technical fields

The Smashing Pumpkins aren't just a rock-n-roll band anymore.

In addition to several events during Case Western Reserve University's Alumni Weekend & Homecoming Oct. 12-15, including former energy secretary and current Fisk University President Hazel O'Leary as keynote speaker, the Case School of Engineering and Case Alumni Association are teaming up for a traditional Oktoberfest 2006. Oktoberfest includes a Pumpkin Drop competition, the "engineering" of sausages and beer and fun for the whole family. Oktoberfest begins Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. on the Case Quad.

The Pumpkin Drop contest, which begins at 4:30 p.m., is an activity designed to promote engineering and science in the community, says Case School of Engineering Dean Robert F. Savinell. "It's a fun way to get kids involved and encourage them to go into technical fields," he said.

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Open to college-age and younger students and alumni in teams of four, the objective of the competition is to design a device that will protect a small pumpkin from breaking when it is dropped. Pumpkin Drop supplies are provided for each team. The rules are to protect a pumpkin during a fall from a predetermined height while using the provided parts and increasing the accuracy of the drop.

The winning team will receive $100 gift certificates to the campus bookstore (per team), bragging rights and a pumpkin pie. Second and third place winners also will receive gift certificates to the bookstore, less bragging rights and a pumpkin pie. Awards also will be given to other entrants such as the Most Creative and the Biggest Splat. The competition will be held on the west side of the Veale Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center Parking Garage on Adelbert Road. Building and inspection of the devices begins at 3:30 p.m.; the competition starts at 4:30 p.m.

In addition, celebrating in the true tradition of Oktoberfest, the celebration will include authentic German music, dancing, singing and the very best in German food and drink.

Alumni Weekend & Homecoming at Case Western Reserve University is a campuswide celebration that brings together students, alumni, faculty and staff. It's a university tradition that blends the old with the new and celebrates the university's past while embracing its future. For more information on Case's Alumni Weekend & Homecoming events, visit http://www.case.edu/alumni/weekend/, http://studentaffairs.case.edu/events/homecoming/ or http://www.engineering.case.edu/oktoberfest.

Story by Laura M. Massie, 216.368.4442.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, October 13, 2006 09:09 AM | News Topics: Case School of Engineering, Events, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives

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