Students give it their all in annual Punkin' Chunkin' contest

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - Science can be fun and fun can be educational.

Students compete in the 2018 Washoe County Schools Punkin' Chunkin' contest.

Students from across the Washoe County School District put their science and engineering lessons into real-life application, competing in the 2018 Punkin' Chunkin' contest.

Younger students built catapults or trebuchets to launch their pumpkins. The catapults use bungee cords, whereas trebuchets use counter weights to generate force.

Reed High School's Enterprise Academy won the competition, throwing a pumpkin 480 feet. But organizers say the four-year-old event is more about learning than just winning a trophy.