(Oct. 28, 2010)--UTSA students will put their homemade catapults to the test from 4-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 29 at the second annual Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the UTSA College of Engineering and College of Engineering Student Council.
The 2010 Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash will be in the grassy field adjacent to parking lot 11 on UTSA Boulevard.
"The Monster Mash Pumpkin Smash offers us a chance to take a break from classes and get together for some fun," said Joshua Lademora, UTSA engineering student and event director. "We tried to hold the event last year for the first time, but we were rained out and had to postpone it a month. We're really looking forward to celebrating Halloween and renewing old rivalries."
The event offers a new twist to an old challenge, the infamous egg drop. In lieu of crashing eggs off rooftops in homemade contraptions, UTSA students have been working in teams to design and construct catapults that will jet pumpkins across a field. The annual social allows students to test their understanding of engineering principles in a fun environment, since the catapults can be as easy or complex as the students want to make them.
In the end, the friendly competition offers bragging rights, the chance to win an extreme Halloween costume contest and the chance to be recognized for the best looking catapult.
Once the order of competition is chosen, teams will set up their catapults starting at 4 p.m. and launch pumpkins one at a time every 20 minutes starting at 4:30 p.m. Winners of the catapult competition and costume contest will be determined between 7 and 8 p.m. with the closing ceremony at 8 p.m.
The catapult contestants are set, but for more information about the costume contest, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UTSA College of Engineering Student Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to uniting and advancing collaboration between UTSA engineering students and society. To that end, the council provides guidance to College of Engineering students to increase their participation in UTSA campus life, activities and events.
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