Picking a Patch of Pumpkins
It's the month of Thanksgiving and what is better than pumpkin pie for dessert? But where do those pumpkins come from? How are they picked from the patch? When picked, how do they not get damaged? Can they still be used if they get damaged? Is there a way for them to be picked without being damaged? Enter the design challenge. Your goal is to design and build a device to harvest a pumpkin patch efficiently (without damaging the pumpkins and by how many turns it takes to harvest the entire pumpkin patch).
Your pumpkin picker does have some criteria and constraints. The device must be used to completely pick up the pumpkins (not allowed to touch them with your hands), but you can manipulate the device with your hands. You can not damage the pumpkins (scratches, dents, holes, etc.). You can pick up as many pumpkins as possible with one turn. Efficiency is measure by how many times it takes you to clear the patch and place them in a bin combined with your time. Finally, make sure the pumpkin patch is set the same for every trial.
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