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4th class - Materials and Forces- Egg Drop Challenge

posted Apr 23, 2018, 4:36 PM by Owen Breslin   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 4:37 PM ]

4th class - Materials and Forces- Egg Drop Challenge

As part of engineers week 4th class designed and tested a contraption to protect an egg from cracking or breaking during a fall. The boys and girls were given the challenge to design a system that would protect the egg in the event of a fall. The challenge was broke down into two possible solutions – slow down the fall of the egg and protect it in the event of a fall. The children split into small groups and discussed  ways of accomplishing both of these using inspiration from what we could see from our environment.


After this discussion the pupils went back to their groups and planned their own design. There were a variety of approaches taken which all proved to be effective after a few tweaks. Some of the groups using sawdust and packing peanuts needed to use more. One of the groups using a parachute needed to properly restrain the egg as it fell out of the cradle when it landed and this fall caused it to break. After a little further tweaking the groups were ready for the engineer week expo and everyone succeeded in saving their eggs!!