Sunday, November 27, 2011

2011 Tucson Pumpkin Toss Results

The results are in!

# Team Name Distance Shot 1 (m) Distance Shot 2 (m) Wall Distance (m) Boxes Dislodged Range final score Accuracy final score Combined score
1 Strebuchet 26.10 57.00 57.00 0 57.00 0.00 57.00
2 Kupbis Kill 120.00 120.00 106.00 0 100.00 0.00 100.00
3 Amphitheater High School Panthers 9.20 14.50 9.00 3 14.50 30.20 44.70
4 Pumpkin Poison 22.00 0.00 22.00 0 22.00 0.00 22.00
5 St Greory Hawks 36.70 27.40 41.00 0 36.70 0.00 36.70
6 Pueblo Magnet High Warriors 88.10 86.80 89.40 1 88.10 100.00 188.10
7 Chunkin Pucker 94.90 93.10 92.00 0 94.90 0.00 94.90
8 Jack O'Launcher 42.15 40.50 42.50 0 42.15 0.00 42.15

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pumpkin Toss Video

Thanks to all who participated in and attended the first annual Tucson Pumpkin Toss.  It was loads of fun, and we now have plenty of pumpkin pie filling just in time for Thanksgiving!  More to come soon on the results, but for now we have Leonard Vance, one of the Pumpkin Toss organizers, to thank for posting this video:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tucson Pumpkin Toss Event Schedule

Flying pumpkins!  The first annual Tucson Pumpkin Toss is this Sunday on the University of Arizona mall.  Registrants may still enter contest the event for a participation fee of $75.  Here's the schedule:

9:00 - 10:00 Check-in
10:00 - 12:00 Practice Throws
12:00 - 1:00 Trebuchet Viewing
1:00 - 4:00 Competition Throws
4:30 Awards

See you there!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Still Time to Enter the Tucson Pumpkin Toss

We know you have great ideas for building a contraption that can hurl a pumpkin 100 meters... Worry not!  Late registrants may still enter the inaugural Tucson Pumpkin Toss contest until the day of the event for a participation fee of $75.  Looking forward to your inventions!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Weather Bus

Today's Arizona Daily Star has a short piece about Jimmy Stewart's "Weather Bus" initiative, launching in October. We at the Physics Factory feel as if we might be responsible for this, since we started doing outreach to schools with our Physics Bus back in 2003! Now we also have the "Arizona Mathematics Roadshow" (the Math Bus for short).

Jimmy "will visit schools in a bus that has been converted to a schoolroom, teaching the science of weather to children." You can check it out at

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Family Fun Night at Sky Bar

The Physics Factory entertained kids and adults alike with various demonstrations. Bruce made a nifty dodecahedron out of 20 balloons and put Dolly inside! The geometric balloon wands and swords he made even elicited tips from appreciative youngsters. We'll be there once a month from 5-7pm, so mark your calendar.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Physics Factory in today's Star

It's a nice long article with great photos of Kip and some kids.

Tax deductible donations to the Physics Factory help support the after-school program at the Holmes-Tuttle Boys and Girls Club, as well as all the other Physics Factory outreach efforts. There's a handy place right on the home page to click and give. It's easy and so rewarding!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A great day for science in Tucson

We can all be proud of the scientists at the U of A for getting this amazing grant. It's so thrilling to be involved in science in Tucson because of developments such as this.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


New volunteer Oliver Green, balloon twister extraordinaire, created this icosahedron (20 sides) at the College Academy for Parents on the U of A campus. Oliver is lending his talents to help the Physics Factory teach math.

Biosphere Earth Day Date Change

In order to coincide with Biosphere's Earth Day festivities, the visit of the Physics Bus has been changed to April 23rd. Activities will occur from 10am to 4pm and will include the usual fun and educational bouncing balls, smoke rings, balloons, musical turkey basters, hovercraft rides and so forth.