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UT’s Society of Physics Students will host its third annual pumpkin drop at 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 27.

A student organization fair begins at 4 p.m., followed by a costume contest at 5 p.m.

The campus and Knoxville communities are invited to the event, which will be held at McClung Plaza next to the Humanities and Social Sciences Building. It is free and open to the public.

Students will drop pumpkins frozen in liquid nitrogen from a 60-foot lift, causing them to shatter upon impact. The goal is to show observers the effects that low temperatures have on organic objects.

The pumpkin drop event will feature various hands-on science demonstrations, a costume contest, student organization booths, live music, and free food.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy and the College of Arts and Sciences are sponsoring the event.

For more information, visit the Society of Physics Students website.


Peyton Nanney (423-367-8178,

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