Egg Drop Project
WHO WILL BUILD THE LIGHTEST PROJECT AND STILL
Objective: This is an individual project to be done
at home. You are to make or build something that is the
lightest possible weight, and yet durable enough to protect
an egg thrown off the swimming pool roof so that the egg
doesn't break from the fall. Think of the egg as a passenger
in a car going through a crash test.
A - Egg survives the fall fully intact
B - Egg is cracked, but intact
C - Egg is broken
E - Project is not done or disqualified
Description: This is a lab which you and your team
will design a casing that will allow an egg to hit the
ground safely. The casing will be thrown at full force from
a second story window directly at the pavement.
Materials: Anything goes long as rules #1, #2, and
#3 are not violated.
1.) Your team will receive one grade and so each team
member is responsible for contributing to the design phase,
the building phase, and the written report.
2.) Your grade will be based on the three criteria: A.)
The quality of your design. B.) The quality of your initial
and final reports. C.) Your eggs success at survival D.) If
your egg cracks but does not break, points will be deducted.
E.) If your egg breaks, a grade of "incomplete" will be
recorded until success is achieved.
3.) Bonus points will be awarded for: A.) Creativity
and simplicity of design B.) Limited use of soft "fluffy"
Start by brainstorming with your team and come up with a
few sketches and plains on paper first. (It is suggested
that you have a backup design in case your first design does
not work.) By the end of the period, you must write a
primary report on the computer and then pass in a hard copy
of this report. To save this report on the computer, name
this report using group member's first names and then save
it in the "Egg Slam" folder in the "Dr. Fonare" folder in
the "My Documents" folder on the desktop.
The initial report will include:
A.) Title page listing all team members, the period and
date, and appropriate title.
B.) A sketch of your preliminary design.
C.) Material list.
D.) Approximate measures.
E.) An explanation of why you think your design will be
The final report will:
1.) Title page listing all team members, the period and
date, and an appropriate title.
2.) Detailed sketch of the design with a complete
description of components.
3.) Explanation of the physics involved in your design
and the reason for the survival of your egg.
4.) Your evaluation of the outcome. What could you do
differently that might improve design.
- Maximum size of cargo create: 20 cm x 20 cm x 30 cm.
- The egg must be fresh; it cannot be boiled, frozen or
coated with polish, glue, paint etc.
- No packing materials (bubble wrap, Styrofoam,
peanuts, etc.) No towels, soft cloth, cotton balls,
sponges, etc. No food products.
- Of course the egg and its contraption must hit the
ground! I will be doing the throwing, and I'll throw them
anyway I want!
- No balloons or parachutes are allowed.
- The egg and the project must weigh less than 200
grams. ( the average egg weighs 50 grams)
- Only raw, store bought chicken eggs; size medium or
larger may be used. You may NOT soak the egg in
- Your egg project must fit on a regular size sheet of
paper. (note that it may be 3 ft high and still fit on
- Your egg project must have an opening the size of my
pinky finger where i can see a portion of the egg.
- You may not use nerf balls, pillows, or stuffed
animals to protect your egg.
- You may bring in your project early to weigh it - if
your project is overweight you may take it home and make
any neccesary alterations. If you wait until the last
minute and your project is overweight, it will be
- Once a project is in school it may not be touched by
anyone other than its owner. Please have your name and
class period written on it.
- Once a project has hit the ground it will your
responsibility to retrieve your egg and show it to the
score keeper for scoring.
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