Carnegie Science Center to host second annual “Great Pumpkin Smash”
Visitors Invited to Roll Jack-o-Lanterns off Science Center Roof
With Halloween less than a week away, families are busy this weekend carving their pumpkins into spooky jack-o-lanterns and what-not, but the big question is this. Once Halloween is over and the candy devoured what do you do with this soon to be decaying hunk of gourd? Here is a clue. “Smashing Pumpkins” is not just a rock and roll band.
The answer is simple. Bring them to the Carnegie Science Center as part of physics and composting experiments. Visitors are encouraged to bring their pumpkins on Saturday, November 2, 2013 and join Smash-ologists in rolling said pumpkins off the Science Center roof. What Fun!
Watch your pumpkin take the fall and observe how it reacts to the force of gravity and most importantly that sudden stop at the end. From previous experiments held last year it was observed that some pumpkins tend to smash, others splatter and some even have the gumption to bounce. During the proceedings, guests will learn all about the physics involved in pumpkin dropping while learning why certain pumpkins react in different ways.
So what happens to all of the pumpkins once they smash, splatter or bounce their way to glory? Not to worry. The Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to composting all of the dropped pumpkins after the event. They will even teach you about composting if you would like to know.
Keeping with the pumpkin theme, the Science Center will also feature activities in keeping with the idea of the day…that is of course…pumpkins! There will be pumpkin ice-cream at the Kitchen Theater’s “Science in a Scoop” show as well as a demonstration of how science can be used to explode pumpkins (do not try this at home).
With this being the second annual “Great Pumpkin Smash” a fun time is guaranteed for all and is recommended for the entire family. Activities will run from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. come rain or shine and are free with the price of general admission. No pre-registration is required, just show up with your pumpkin (pumpkins are not required for entry).
For more information on Great Pumpkin Smash and other upcoming holiday-themed events, please visit CarnegieScienceCenter.org.
About Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is dedicated to inspiring learning and curiosity by connecting science and technology with everyday life. By making science both relevant and fun, the Science Center’s goal is to increase science literacy in the region and motivate young people to seek careers in science and technology. One of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Science Center is Pittsburgh’s premier science exploration destination, reaching more than 700,000 people annually through its hands-on exhibits, camps, classes and off-site education programs.
About Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Annually, the museums reach more than 1.2 million people through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities and special events.