Pumpkin Sling

Where Brain Meets Brawn

A competition between participating school teams that build a human powered catapult or trebuchet, designed to propel a 2-5 lb. pumpkin.


2023 Application

Building a catapult or trebuchet is easy, it's getting it to work that is the hard part. Teams have opportunity to collaborate, learn about physics, mathematics, working with tools.... and how not to procrastinate. Teams have already been making plans to participate in 2022, so don't delay and reserve your spot today!

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2022 Teams


Sussex County Technical School is participating for the first time in any Pumpkin Slinging event. The team consists of students in their engineering, carpentry and welding programs. They will have a 6 foot long launch arm, spring loaded catapult. Rookie Team in 2016
Team: Sussex Tech Manufacturing

Dover Middle School - the only middle school to compete, they have competed each year since moving to Picatinny Arsenal.

Madison High School
The Mad Slingers
West Orange High School

New Providence High School - rookies in 2022