Egg Drop Lander

You have to crack a few eggs to make a good engineer! Working in small groups, young scholars design, build, and test devices that protect an egg from breaking when dropped from a ladder.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Require each group to come up with multiple designs, collectively choosing the best one to build and test
  • Allow students to bring in additional materials to use when building their landers
  • With older students use Newton's Laws of motion to analyze the force experienced by the eggs
Classroom Considerations

  • Perform this activity over two days; spending the first day designing and building their landers and the second day testing them
  • Materials not typically found in the classroom are required for this activity, so be sure to plan accordingly
Pros

  • Includes a procedure for taking measurements and analyzing the results of the drop test
  • Offers a suggestion for extending the activity using model rockets
Cons

  • The scientific principals involved in the activity are not explicitly addressed