Don’t let the egg break! Invent a contraption to house your egg and keep it safe when dropped from up high! Use your problem solving skills by ‘engineering’ a solution. The egg drop challenge is a highly-versatile activity that stimulates creativity and problem solving skills and is a great game to play at home.
Gravity is the powerful force that you must contend with in the challenge. You need to create something that can absorb the energy the egg gathers as it accelerates towards the ground. A hard surface will crack the egg so you have to think carefully about how you can protect it. A design with good cushioning is a good place to start, you want the egg to decelerate slowly so it doesn’t crack or smash all over the ground. You’ll need to run a few trials so have some eggs ready for test runs, those that don’t survive will at least be comforted knowing they were smashed for a good cause, and if not, you can at least have omelettes for dinner, right? Use around the house materials to create your contraption – you are sure to find most in the recycling bin.
What you will need:
• Raw egg
• Sheet of newspaper
• Masking tape
• Some ideas for materials: cardboard, cotton, toilet paper, socks, glue, straws, plastic bags, balloons, material scraps
• Paper and pencil to record process and results
• Somewhere up high you so you can drop the egg – like a second-story window
How to play
- Come up with an idea of some type of container you can make to protect an egg from a high fall.
- Build your container and place the egg inside.
- Drop the egg from someplace high. (Be sure it’s safe and an adult is with you.)
- After you drop it look and see if your egg cracked or remained intact. (Remember to wash your hands after touching raw egg!)