South Bay Pumpkin Smash

3rd Annual “Game of Throws”!

On Saturday morning on November 3rd, 2018 at Eastlake Middle School, nearly a dozen teams and hundreds of spectators enjoyed a family friendly fun filled day of flying fruit.

What is the “Game of Throws”?

This program encourages teams of students to research, design, build, test, and compete in a pumpkin throwing contest using a medieval mechanical device. Teams are comprised of three divisions; grades 3rd – 6th is division 3, 7th & 8th is division 2, and 9th – 12th is division 1. Each division builds an age appropriately sized device and compete in an accuracy contest, meaning closest to the target.  Each team gets four throws.  The first is a non-scoring throw to test the device.  The second and third are for accuracy, and the fourth is for distance and fun.

2018 South Bay Pumpkin Smash “Game of Throws” Results: 

Division 1: 1st Place – Palomar High School.

Division 2: 1st Place went to Castle Park Middle School – Team Teletubbies, 2nd Place went to High Tech Middle School – Team Pumpkin Iron, and 3rd went Castle Park Middle School – Team Weebs.

Division 3: 1st Place went to Casa Familiar.

Thank you Partners, Sponsors, and Supporters!

This event is the fruition of the partnership of Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD), LabRats Science Education Program, and Michael Monaco, publisher of Our Hometown  & Ella South Bay Magazines. This event would not have been possible without the generous support of Supervisor Greg Cox, Baldwin & Sons, The Chula Vista Fire Department, Naval Air Systems Command STEM Outreach Program (NAVAIR), The Eastlake Educational Foundation, The Chula Vista Rotary Club – Eastlake, and The Family of Stephen Ablahad.  Special thanks go to Principal Ricardo Cooke, Ed. D. and Eastlake Middle School for allowing us to use their school.

2019 South Bay Pumpkin Smash  “Game of Throws”  is scheduled for Saturday November 2nd