Carnegie Science Center to host Second Annual Great Pumpkin Smash

 The ShakerVisitors Invited to Roll Jack-o-Lanterns Off Science Center Roof
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 24, 2013 — Halloween is just a week away and pumpkins everywhere are being carved into spooky jack-o-lanterns, but what are people to do with them once Halloween is over? Instead of simply throwing them away, the Great Pumpkin Smash at CarnegieScienceCenter on Saturday, November 2 will offer guests the opportunity to use their carved pumpkins to learn more about physics and the science of composting.Visitors are encouraged to bring their jack-o-lanterns and join Smash-ologists in rolling them off the ScienceCenter roof. Participants will watch their pumpkins fall and observe how their pumpkin reacts to the drop. Some will smash, some will splatter, and some will even bounce. Guests will observe their pumpkin and learn about the physics behind the drop to understand why different pumpkins react to the fall in different ways.

Carnegie Science Center is also dedicated to composting all of the dropped pumpkins after the event. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the science involved in the composting process.

The pumpkin theme will also be carried into numerous other ScienceCenter activities on the day of the event. Visitors can enjoy pumpkin flavored ice cream at the Kitchen Theater’s “Science in a Scoop” show. And on the lawn behind the Science Center, guests will be treated to demonstrations of how science can be used to explode pumpkins.

This is the second annual Great Pumpkin Smash, and the event is sure to be fun for the whole family. Activities will run from 10 am – 5 pm rain or shine, and are free with the price of general admission. Pre-registration is not required.

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