A competition between participating school teams that build a human powered catapult or trebuchet, designed to propel a 2-4 lb. pumpkin.
The 2017 Pumpkin Sling will be held at Picatinny Arsenal. Tentative dates are Friday, October 20, with a rain date of Friday, October 27.
Careers and subjects surrounding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are in high necessity and it is important for the youth of today to be exposed to these subjects early to develop interest.
Never built a catapult or trebuchet before? No problem. Seasoned teams are always willing to help with advice and inspiration. Now that's teambuilding.
Check out the teams that are attending. Some are rookies and some have been building machines and participating for years. ALL participating teams that have made it to our launch pad have a lot to be proud of!
Check out the team scores for various categories in 2016. Find all previous participants, grand champions and their scores.
Check out some of the media from past Pumpkin Slings
Any accredited school is allowed to participate. Download application and waiver forms.
Students that participate in the Pumpkin Sling are eligible for scholarships. Read more about the criteria for each and download the applications.
Special thanks to the businesses that support us! We could not do it without them.
Well, you can't just use any pumpkins for this! Read more about the pumpkins used at the Sling.