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College of Engineering and Computing

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Throughout the year the College of Engineering and Computing hosts a variety of student competitions for middle and high school students.

Pumpkin Chunkin

in participation with the Fall into Science Festival

October 26, 2019
Location: Greene Street Fields at the Colonial Life Arena

Pumpkin Chunkin’ is an annual fall event held by the UofSC chapter of Theta Tau. This year it takes place on October 26 at the Greene Street Fields next to the Colonial Life Arena. Teams from various schools or organizations can compete by designing and building their own trebuchet. They then test their design by flinging pumpkins to the best of their ability in two categories; accuracy and distance. This competition will be held at the Fall Into Science Festival, so be sure to stick around! We can’t wait to see pumpkins fly across the Carolina sky!

More about the main Trebuchet Competition

This year we are also launching a NEW Junior Catapult Competition! More about it here.

Register to compete!

The second annual Fall Into Science Festival will take place in tandem with the competition, providing more entertainment and learning experiences from all aspects of STEM. This fall festival is family-friendly and completely free, with new and exciting Halloween oriented activities! Costumes are strongly encouraged for guests of ALL ages. Please check out our Facebook event and follow for updates and answers to any questions you may have!

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Engineering and Computing High School Competition

March 9, 2020

Vex IQ Competition

March 10, 2020


Engineering and Computing Middle School Competition

March 11, 2020

"Veeblefetzer" - A Rube Goldberg Invention Competition

2020 Date is TBD
In participation with the 2019 Living Science Museum

The Zeta Delta Chapter of Theta Tau challenges students to compete in The University of South Carolina’s annual Rube Goldberg Invention Challenge. Working on a Rube Goldberg Machine is a great way to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in a non-traditional engineering environment. There will be a regular and junior competition to encourage participation from students of all ages. Participants will also get the opportunity to meet other students and discover a more light-hearted and humorous side of the world of engineering.

Information for teams
Junior Division is K-6 grade only. Senior Division is K-12.


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