PARISH – Fifth graders from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Elementary School were tasked to engineer and design an apparatus that would protect an egg from breaking, if dropped from a height of up to 20’ in an Engineering Design Egg Drop Challenge.
They were required to adhere to a set of rules in their construction of the protective chamber, such as size – not to exceed eight cubic feet; and materials for construction and protection – no parachute, packing peanuts, metal, glass, thick wood or food products.
In addition it could not be made of Styrofoam with the exception of whole Styrofoam cups, and it needed to be able to withstand up to four falls from increasing heights.
The results were astounding!
The designs were put to the test in front of the entire fifth grade and other grades attended as part of an enthusiastic cheering audience.
Before each design was tested, student teams explained why and how they chose their materials and design and then their creation was dropped from a beginning height of five feet by guest master of ceremonies Nicholas Lee.
After each test, the students made observations of their designs but could not make any modifications or repairs before the successful egg designs moved on to the next higher level.
An even higher test was conducted and five team designs survived an incredible 25’ drop!