The Egg Drop
Posted June 6, 2008on:
I haven’t done this project in a couple of years. The reason is simple, our school is in a one story building. There isn’t any place near enough to drop these things. I wanted to do it again this year, I need a drop zone. I was considering building an air powered launcher or maybe a giant sling shot. Maybe a large catapult. I’m still thinking.
If you haven’t done an egg drop project, you need to try it at least once. You also need to really research some of the college competitions. The rules are very specific and you have to watch out for creating loopholes. Parachutes are never allowed. There are volume limits and maximum dimensions. Obviously the eggs are raw. The project can get very messy.
I like to do these as competitions. The first time I did this, I was at a school that had two floors. I figured none would survive the two story drop. All but one did. We decided to get into vans and go to the top of a nearby five story parking garage. Rather than drop them one at a time, we just launched them all at once. Good thing too, security showed up. Yeah, we probably should have called and asked permission. Next time. Anyway, two of the eggs survived the five story drop. Who says physics is boring?