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


BOCA RATON, FL (October 27, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of physics and the Society of Physics Students within the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science will host its fifth annual pumpkin drop on Monday, October 31, at 12:45 p.m., on the lawn west of the Science and Engineering building, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.  

“The pumpkin drop and physics carnival give FAU scientists and science students an opportunity to act as role models for elementary school students,” said Warner A. Miller, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of physics. “By showing the children that math and physics can be fun, we may help peak their interest in science in school and as a career.”

FAU 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.  Professors and students acting as 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 bean bag throw, planet sticky dart game and pumpkin ping pong toss.  Carnival prizes will be awarded. 

Students will attempt to dunk their favorite physics professors hovering above the dunk tank.  In addition, there will be “hands on” physics and science demonstrations, including an entropy bomb and gelatinous pool from the FAU Chemistry Club.

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


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and 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. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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