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Traders Point Christian students celebrate fall with first ‘Pumpkin Drop Challenge’

WHITESTOWN, Ind. (WISH) — Students at Traders Point Christian Schools got to kick off fall with a special day outside with the Whitestown Fire Department for its first ever “Pumpkin Drop Challenge” experiment.

Each elementary school tried finding ways to make a pumpkin survive a 50-foot drop from the ladder of a fire engine. Classes from kindergarten through sixth grade competed for the challenge. The goal was to use this event to get kids excited about the school’s Outdoor Education Curriculum and STEM education.

Only two of the 13 pumpkins survived. One was from a sixth grade class and the other from second graders. The school’s principal, Nate Mylin, said seeing the kids succeed was a special moment.

“As part of our STEM program here, the kids learn about engineering and design process and it’s so cool these second graders won because this is the second engineering and design process they’ve been through,” Mylin said.

Watch the video to see the reaction from the kids in our interview with the champions. The school is also celebrating the upcoming addition of a new junior high facility. Click here for more information.