Egg Drop Project: Protect the Egg!
How can you keep a raw egg from breaking when dropped from a high place? In this project, you will use household materials to create a contraption that will protect an egg from breaking when dropped. Will your design work?
The hypothesis is that if an egg is placed inside a protective device made from common household materials, then it will survive a drop from a height without cracking.
Method & Materials
You will use materials such as straws, paper cups, rubber bands, and balloons to create a protective device for your egg. To protect the egg from breaking during a fall, there are three steps you can follow. Firstly, you can slow down the egg when it's falling, such as by using a parachute. Secondly, you can cushion the egg from the impact of the fall, for example, by using bubble wrap, popcorn or balloons. Furthermore, you should ensure that the egg falls on the strongest parts of the shell, which are the arch structures at both ends of the egg. After making the protective device with the raw egg inside, drop it from a high altitude and observe whether the egg remains intact or breaks.
You will need raw eggs, straws, paper cups, rubber bands, balloons, scissors, tape, and any other materials you want to use to create your protective device. In competitions, there may be a set list of materials you can use for the egg drop so that everyone uses the same starting materials.
The egg drop designs that incorporated the three factors for a protection device were successful in safeguarding the egg. These factors included slowing down the egg's descent, cushioning the egg from impact, and ensuring the egg fell on its strongest parts. However, as the drop height increased, protecting the egg became more challenging. Despite this, with proper design and construction, it is possible to protect the egg even during a high altitude drop.
Why do this project?
The egg drop project is fun to do as it challenges you to put your creativity and problem-solving skills to the test. Not only will you enjoy designing and testing a protective device for an egg, but you'll also learn invaluable lessons about the practical applications of physics and have hands-on experience with the engineering design process.
1) Test the protective device at different heights to see if it still works. 2) Use different materials to create the protective device and compare the results.
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Watch these 10 egg drop designs being put to the test and learn why some cracked and others survived!
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