Egg Drop Challenge

By Jenna Richter | March 3, 2016 | Engineering, Project Work

After reading the book Queen of the Falls, we were inspired to design a container that, like Annie Edson Taylors barrel, could survive quite a fall.

First we drew preliminary drawings and made a list of need materials.

 

Here are the blueprints for our egg drop. Finn wanted to use a rotten banana peel for padding.
Here are the blueprints for our egg drop. Finn wanted to use a rotten banana peel for padding.

 

When we had gathered enough containers, padding in the form of paper towels, wool, and tissue paper and items to make parachutes, we set to work constructing.

 

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Once we were satisfied with our inventions, we went out to the playground to try them out.

 

Here are Emmett and Harlow dropping their eggs.
Emmett and Harlow dropping their eggs.

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We could hear some of the eggs breaking as they hit the ground.  Everyone ran down to check on their egg.

Some good news and some messy news.
Some good news and some messy news.

 

We ended up with four survivors and three fatalities.  Critical and creative thinking are key components of the lesson.  If you can slow the fall and pad the egg efficiently without making your container too heavy, you may find and intact egg.

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