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SEI Design Contest

  • 12 Oct 2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • online


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Join us for our first ever (at least as far as we know) SEI Pittsburgh design competition!  

The Challenge:

Design a “contraption” to toss an apple as far as possible. Catapults and Trebuchets are suggested, but you are welcome to be creative within the competition rules.

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The Participants:

Open to members and non-members alike.  Encouraged to make this a family activity – work it into your homeschool curriculum!  Tell your kids’ class to participate!

The Proof:

Entry by video to Google drive link provided for video upload.  Must include proof of dimensions, video of launch, and proof of distance measurement – such as on an empty football field.

The Prize:

$25 Amazon gift card to the winner … and to the most ‘epic-fail’.

The Rules:

  1. Measure distance on a relatively flat surface, from the front of the machine to the impact point.
  2. All apples must be non-modified (cut to a different shape, filled with BBs, etc.).
  3. All contraptions must fit within a 3’ cube in the launch-ready state.
  4. Use purely mechanical systems only. 
  1. No rolling down a hill or launching off a cliff.
  2. No electrical/battery operated/exterior power components.
  3. No in-flight assisting devices (paper airplanes, etc.).
  4. No explosives (gun powder, fireworks).


The Deadline:

Contest “Launches” Sept 14, all entries must be in by 12:00 noon on October 12, 2020.

The Disclaimer:

SEI-Pgh is not responsible for any associated injuries.  You grant permission for SEI Pittsburgh to use/post/share your video for promotional purposes

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