Students from Neil Armstrong STEM Academy drop pumpkins from various heights to measure the ‘Splat Radius’

Students from Neil Armstrong STEM Academy drop pumpkins from various heights to measure the ‘Splat Radius’ 

Students from Neil Armstrong Academy will be joined by members of the West Valley City Fire Department as they conduct a fun and visual science activity to study how energy and speed are related by dropping pumpkins from various heights. 

Each year, students join fourth grade teacher David Pendleton in dropping pumpkins from three different heights — one from a ladder at 10 feet, one from the school’s weather porch at 20 feet, and a third from the roof of the school at 33 feet. 

“This year I wanted to step it up a notch,” Mr. Pendleton said. “I contacted the West Valley City Fire Department to ask if they could bring one of their fire trucks and drop a pumpkin from the top of their ladder.” The Fire Department said yes! 

Join us Tuesday, November 8 at 2:15 p.m. at Neil Armstrong Academy as students measure each pumpkin’s speed with a radar gun and measure the “Splat Radius” (which is a totally scientific term for Armstrong Academy now) to demonstrate how energy and speed are related. 

WHAT: Students & WVCFD study physics by dropping pumpkins from various heights 

WHERE: Neil Armstrong Academy 5194 Highbury Pkwy, West Valley City, UT 84120

WHEN: Tuesday, November 8 at 2:15 p.m. 

WHO: Principal John Paul Sorensen & 4th Grade Teacher David Pendleton