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Great Pumpkin Smash at the Carnegie Science Ctr.


Carnegie Science Center is inviting families to bring their pumpkins for a physics-filled day of fun at the fourth annual Great Pumpkin Smash on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Visitors can join Smash-ologists to roll their leftover jack-o-lanterns off the Science Center’s roof.

Participants will watch as their pumpkins fall and observe how their pumpkin reacts to the drop. Some will smash, some will splatter, and some will even bounce. It’s an exploration into the physics to understand why different pumpkins react to the fall in different ways. A video monitor allows participants to watch their pumpkin’s great smash (or bounce) without leaning over the edge.

Spectators can witness the smashing sequence of falling – and splatting – pumpkins.

And if there’s anything more fun than a splatting pumpkin, it’s an exploding pumpkin. On the lawn behind the Science Center, guests will be treated to watch demonstrations of how liquid nitrogen can be used to explode pumpkins. 

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