Pumpkin Carving Science!

Today the Deason Innovation Gym at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering hosted their annual Pumpkin’s + Power Tools Event!

pumpkins and power tools

The event consisted of stations to properly carve each pumpkin to perfection.


The first station was the sketching station – because every masterpiece starts with a creative idea and a brainstorming session!


Next came gut removal! This station got really messy – our pumpkin carvers had to cut off the top of the pumpkin and remove the insides of the pumpkin before they were able to carve them! Some participants used power tools to cut off the top of the pumpkin, but some chose to go the traditional route!


Next came the fun stuff – the actual carving of the pumpkins! This is where the participants got the most creative – some chose to use power tools, some chose to carve by hand, and some chose to use the laser cutter!


This event was one of our favorite events of the year as it incorporates the design process (organization and planning), science (the actual anatomy of the pumpkin while cleaning it out), and technology (power tools and the laser cutter)!


Everyone at this event, pumpkin carvers AND observers, had an outstanding time, and the best part was that everyone got to use their creative skills and learn something new!


We hope everyone has a safe and STEM filled Halloween!