Can a chicken egg be safely dropped from a height of 24 feet and remain intact? That is what eight graders in Mrs. Crissy Giacona’s Science Class tried to do when they tackled the egg drop assignment that incorporates science, technology, engineering and math.
Students were told they had been hired to design a container for transport of a radioactive element, represented by a whole raw egg. They were tasked to create a container that holds the egg – a “radioactive element” – and must safely deliver it from the heights of the gym to the gym floor, with the egg intact. They are required to design an engineering notebook that helps them understand the process of design. Test trails are encouraged to allow for adjustments to ensure their container and egg will land intact. Addressing the challenges of accidents, leaks and ease of transportation were part of the assignment.