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Each team must drop its contraption off of the roof and come as close to the target as possible, without breaking the pumpkin. Each team must drop its contraption off of the roof and come as close to the target as possible, without breaking the pumpkin.
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MORGANTOWN -

For 25 years, hundreds of students show up on the WVU campus to drop pumpkins from the sky. This year had record crowds with 300 pumpkins flying from 11 stories off of the Engineering Sciences Building.

Hundreds of teams come to drop their pumpkin off the roof and see if it will survive. Some pumpkins do but most do not.

Everyone has a different approach to building their contraptions, including Sophia Anderson, who is a fifth grader from Mountainview Elementary School.

"We made ours like a little cone and it did not survive," Anderson said. "We put popcorn in it, and we put sand, to weigh it down, and we also put leaves in it."

Jackie Hammond, a teacher at Mountainview, said 13 teams from the school competed. The event takes weeks of preparation for the students participating.

"They get to make a plan and talk about what they need. And then we go on and we do an egg drop. So they get to package an egg and I drop it from either a high ladder or somewhere in the school," Hammond said. "And then we go back to the room and we talk about, why did it work? Why did it break? Why didn't it break?"

"It taught me to try to use the same technique," said Charles Harvey, a fourth grader from Mountainview. "I tried that but it still didn't work."

Hammond also said that more parents than ever were involved this year.

"It's like a home to school thing. So the parents get to assist, they can't do it all for them, but they do get to assist," Hammond said. "They can research with the children and help the box things."

Both Anderson and Harvey's pumpkins cracked but they are already looking forward to, and preparing for, next year.

"Maybe take a little less stuff out, not pack it so much," said Harvey. "Give it a little more flexibility."

"Well it's a lot of team work and a lot of work. But it's fun," Anderson said.

A total of 74 pumpkins survived the drop. The winning team was Team 79, "The Pumpkinators" from Suncrest Middle School. Second place went to Team 223 from Morgantown High School and third place was Team 72, "P Dizzle" also from Suncrest Middle School.