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KU Physics Students Host 8th Annual Cantaloupe Launching Contest

April 3, 2014 

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Society of Physics Students will hold its 8th annual 'Cantalobber' contest at noon, on Sunday, April 6 on the north water tower field, located behind Lytle Hall.

For the contest, competitors build mechanical or pneumatic devices and see which contraption can launch a cantaloupe the furthest; past devices have included a trebuchet and air cannons. Prizes are awarded for the farthest set of three throws in each division: mechanical and pneumatic. In addition, T-shirts and food will be available for purchase.

In the mechanical division, teams from the Boy Scout troop #100; Gettysburg College; Kutztown University; Kutztown Senior High School; Lebanon Valley College; Webelos Scouts of pack 58 and individual Logan Streley are scheduled to compete. For the pneumatic division, teams from Muhlenberg University, Kutztown University and Lehigh University are scheduled to compete.

The KU chapter of the Society of Physics Students is open to all majors, and plans several events throughout the year to demonstrate the importance of physics outside of the classroom.

For more information, or to register a Cantalobber device, e-mail Dr. Phill Reed at