Firefighters demonstrate ‘Pumpkin Drop’


Mindy Kearns - For the Register



Students at Point Pleasant Intermediate School participated in a “pumpkin drop” Friday, with each class trying to package and cushion a pumpkin that would allow it to survive a drop from a fire department ladder truck.


POINT PLEASANT — Can a pumpkin survive a fall from a fire department ladder truck?

That was the question posed to students at Point Pleasant Intermediate School when they were challenged to find a way to keep the pumpkin intact.

The “pumpkin drop” was held Friday, with each classroom in grades three through six participating. The classes packaged and cushioned a pumpkin in the hopes of it surviving the fall without breaking, or even cracking.

Members of the Point Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department assisted and supplied the ladder truck for the experiment. PPIS staff member Chip Wood manned the bucket and dropped each pumpkin.

At the end of the event, only one pumpkin reached the ground without a crack or break. Mrs. Annette Cook’s sixth-grade class won the event with their pumpkin, which was safely housed in a box that contained a parachute.

Students at Point Pleasant Intermediate School participated in a “pumpkin drop” Friday, with each class trying to package and cushion a pumpkin that would allow it to survive a drop from a fire department ladder truck.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Pumpkin-drop.jpgStudents at Point Pleasant Intermediate School participated in a “pumpkin drop” Friday, with each class trying to package and cushion a pumpkin that would allow it to survive a drop from a fire department ladder truck.

Mindy Kearns

For the Register

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.

Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who lives in Mason County.

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