What is an Egg Drop?

Well, this is interesting. On the last day of school, the fifth graders, as if Mini Mall was not enough, are nowegg.jpg participating in an Egg Drop. Donice? Can one of the 5 Dave’s spread some light?

“We will celebrate our last day together by completing one of our best hopes for the year. You may work with partners or work alone to create a safe way to drop an egg off the top step of the Middle School Stadium. (This is the new home school the soon-to-be-6th graders.) The goal is for the egg to endure the trip without breaking!”

THE RULES

Your egg:

  • must be raw
  • visible from the outside of the “egg airplane”
  • must not be wrapped directly in any material, like tape
  • can be securely seated in some kind of device, like a towel roll
  • must be in a case of some kind

Your egg case:

  • must be made out of materials found at home
  • may not be bigger than an adult’s shoe box

Just for fun:

  • Give your egg airplane a name
  • Be ready to cheer for everyone’s entry
  • Stand back during launching!

Earlier this year, they had to make a skyscraper out of newspaper and tape — and it had to stand for at least ten seconds. That should prepare them for this egg drop. Do you know anything about an egg drop? Have you ever heard of an egg drop? I will post pictures — June 7th is launch date.

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16 comments on “What is an Egg Drop?
  1. Zack’s kindergarten class did it – but it included tape. They were only 5!

    I found some sites online that refer to egg-drop physics. I bet they are worth checking out.

  2. We did this in my 9th grade science class. I had good results with a cardboard beehive-shaped device. I’m not sure if that would fit in to your rules – they tossed ours off the roof of the gymnasium, so shock absorption was key.

    It is such a fun project! I hope schools are still doing this when my son is old enough to participate.

  3. My kids did this in 6th grade. Luckily, Dad is an engineer and he and the kids worked very hard on this together. They took a clear plastic strawberry container with a hinged lid, cut a piece of the foam stuff (ironically called egg crate) to fit base and lid, then carved out a nest for the egg. They closed the thing with multiple rubber bands and, Viola, no scrambled egg!

  4. I have emailed my sons to see if they remember what worked well. But there are already some good ideas here.
    Good luck!

  5. OK. Thanks for the directions — I had no idea this was so common. Kim, I love your idea a lot. Now the big problem is finding a partner …

  6. We did this in school when I was a kid. The eggs were dropped from a helicopter and mine broke! Don’t use bubble wrap I guess.

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