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Egg Drop Project Ideas

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Read this article to find out how to complete some egg drop projects. You'll find easy-to-follow instructions and additional resources to help your students.

The Egg is Falling

This project will help students build a system to keep an egg from breaking.

Supplies:

  • Lots of eggs
  • Paper towels
  • Building supplies (straws, popsicle sticks, glue, tape, paper, bags, boxes and containers)

What to Do:

The goal is to keep the egg from breaking when it's dropped from about 3 ft. (or higher)! Have students work to come up with their own egg-protecting method. They can use all of the supplies mentioned above and any supplies of their own to find a way to cushion and protect their eggs!

  • Hint: You can hard boil the practice eggs to prevent some mess. They'll still crack when they hit the ground, but they won't splatter everywhere.

Educational Tip:

Help your students get a better understanding of what they're working against with this lesson on gravity. Students can watch this engaging video to understand the forces trying to crack their eggs.

Egg Paratroopers

Students can drop their eggs from a much higher point with this project.

You'll Need:

  • Eggs
  • Sandwich bags
  • Trash bags
  • String
  • Scissors and a hole punch

Directions:

Students create parachutes using the trash bags. Have them cut out a section of the trash bag. Punch holes at the corners, then use the string to attach the smaller sandwich bag to the larger piece of plastic. The smaller bag is where the egg is going to ride.

Students can experiment with different size parachutes. Keep them working towards the goal of sending their egg safely to the ground from 10-15 feet up!

Educational Tip:

Students can find out more about the science behind their falling eggs with this lesson on the acceleration of gravity. They can also find out more about air resistance and free fall motion.

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