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FAU’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science to Host Fourth Annual Pumpkin Drop

BOCA RATON, FL (October 18, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of physics and the Society of Physics Students within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will host its fourth annual Pumpkin Drop on Thursday, October 21 at 12:45 p.m. on the lawn west of the Science and Engineering building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.  

Physics professors will drop both hollow and filled pumpkins from the roof of the Science and Engineering building to demonstrate common physics principles such as constant acceleration of gravity, terminal velocity and Newton’s Laws.  Aristotle, Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein will explain the theories behind these principles.

The Pumpkin Drop will be preceded at 10:30 a.m. with a Physics Carnival for children hosted by graduate and undergraduate physics students.  Games include a rocket ring toss, Einstein ball throw, planet game and fishbowl frenzy.  Carnival prizes will be awarded. 

FAU students also will be able to buy three balls for $1 to throw at their favorite physics professors hovering above the dunk tank.  All proceeds will go to the Society of Physics Students.

For more information, contact Melissa Troshinsky at 561-297-2762 or


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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit .

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