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Team from Mountaineer Middle School wins 29th annual WVU Pumpkin Drop

On a day that saw a record number 110 pumpkins survive the 11-story drop from atop WVU’s Engineering Sciences Building, it was team no. 57 from Mountaineer Middle School in Morgantown that took top honors in the 29th Annual Pumpkin Drop. Their pumpkin landed just two-feet, one-inch from the target, earning them the $100 first prize.

Photo of AcES students and Brando

NSF award to fund engineering scholarships for underrepresented groups at WVU

The demand for qualified professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is high, but the supply of STEM workers to fill these positions is at risk, especially if underrepresented groups are not engaged in these fields. According to the National Action Council for Minorities in Education, underrepresented groups earned only 12.5 percent of all STEM degrees in 2011.