2021 Alpine Education Foundation's Punkin' Chunkin'
Over two days this coming November, Alpine Union 4th & 5th graders will gather at the Shadow Hills Elementary School sports fields for Punkin' Chunkin'. Using knowledge of the history, math and physics of the trebuchet - the Medieval siege engine, 20 will be built for fun and competition. Last year's 4th graders missed this super-fun & super-educational event due to Covid-19 restrictions. They will make up that experience this year as 5th graders.
Students will build 20 trebuchets each from 6' tall to 12' tall. They will practice teamwork while learning wood handling, hardware and the use of hand tools – for the assembly of 100 different parts for each trebuchet. After lunch, the students will put their knowledge and handiwork to the test by launching "missiles" downfield, including base balls up to pumpkins. It will be a contest of effort, distance, and accuracy.
Punkin' Chunkin' is an AEF collaboration in partnership with Intellicept (makers of Skatestoppers), the Kiwanis Club of Alpine, and the Alpine Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is a program of math, physics and engineering only offered at Alpine Union schools.
Please help defray the costs of this unique, continuing educational event with your modest donation at this link: