Thursday, 19 March 2015

Egg Drop

Can you protect a falling egg?
What you'll need:
  • Eggs
  • Paper towels
Build your egg protectors from resources such as:
  • Plastic straws
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Tape
  • Recycled paper
  • Glue
  • Plastic bags
  • Boxes
  • Used material
  • Plastic containers

The aim:
  • Your goal is simple, design and build a system that will protect an egg from a 1 metre (3.3 feet) drop. Eggs that smash or crack fail the test while eggs that survive without a scratch pass!

Getting started:
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?