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Splat! Pumpkin Drop Delights Children Day of Halloween

Date: 10-04-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico’s Society of Physics Students present the 26th annual Pumpkin Drop Thursday, Oct. 31, at noon on the south side of Butte Hall.

Local schoolchildren and other onlookers are treated to a very visual lesson in physics hosted by none other than Albert Einstein. Special guests Aristotle, Galileo Galilei and Sir Isaac Newton will each explain their theories of gravity.

Legend has it that Galileo demonstrated his Law of Falling Bodies by climbing to the top of the Tower of Pisa so that he could drop a large ball and a small ball at the same time. Both balls hit the ground together. CSU, Chico students re-enact this great moment in the history of science using pumpkins instead.

For a grand finale, students will drop pumpkins in time to the cannon blasts of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” “We promise you a smashing good time!” said Professor Eric Ayars, Department of Physics.

For more information, call Ayars at 898-6967 or visit the Society of Physics Students on the web at http://phys.csuchico.edu/sps/activities.shtml.