MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – More than 250 pumpkins were tossed from the top of the West Virginia University’s Engineering Sciences Building during WVU’s 33rd annual Pumpkin Drop.

Teams from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina took part in the event meant to teach engineering concepts.

With only 16 survivors among the lot, Homeschool Team 15 from Morgantown claimed the $100 first prize, landing their pumpkin just two feet, six inches from the target.

Meanwhile, Team 29 from Mountaineer Middle School in Morgantown finished second, and Team 258 from Berkeley Springs High School in Berkeley Springs finished third.

“We are so happy that students were able to participate in the incredible learning experience of the Pumpkin Drop again after the two-year break,” Scott Wayne, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, said. “It was amazing to see their excitement and enthusiasm.”

Also in attendance was Mechanical Engineering alumnus and chair of the Statler College Visiting Committee, John Gardner, who threw out the first pumpkin of the day.

Sponsored by the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the WVU chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, event proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Morgantown.