Our STEAM class was posed with the question: Can you design a system that will protect an egg from a fall? The goal is simple – design and build a system that will protect your egg from a 3.3 foot drop.
Use items from around the house to build something that will prevent eggs smashing all over the ground. Build your egg protectors from the following resources:
- 15 popsicle sticks
- 15 straws
- 1 piece of paper
- 5 rubber bands
- 1 meter of string
- 1 meter of masking tape
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. Something that will cushion the egg at the end of its fall 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 as guinea pigs, 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 scrambled eggs for dinner right?
The girls were using the Design Thinking process, and during today's re-drop of new systems based on what they learned about yesterday's failures, we are happy to report that Josephine '14's egg made it!
You can see all of the egg drop photos here.