Its time for another Saturday Science! This week is a special week here at Lemon Lime Adventures because we are taking part in Tinkerlab’s exciting Creative Challenge Project. We love everything Tinkerlab does, so when Rachelle put out a call for participants to create with eggs, I got excited. If you are a regular here, you know how much we love science around here. You might not be surprised to find out that we turned this challenge into a Creative and Scientific Egg Drop Project. Today I will share the science side of the project, but be sure to check out Hands On Play Party where I shared the invitation and the creations the boys made.
In case you missed Part One of our Egg Drop Project, I will explain a little more about the Creative Challenges from Tinkerlab. The Creative Challenges are designed to encourage children to think independently through self-directed projects that encourage problem solving and creative thinking.
I have always wanted to do an egg drop project with the boys, but all of our other projects seem to get in the way. This project was just the motivation we needed.
Engineering The Perfect Contraptions for an Egg Drop
The challenge was given to create a structure for a raw egg, that protect the egg from cracking at any height of a fall. The boys (ages 6 & 8) set out to create their perfect contraption. You can read more about it by clicking on the picture below.
Next it was time for the fun. The boys decided they wanted to test their contraption by dropping their eggs from 3 different heights. So off we went to the front porch for our first experiment.
They measured the height of the step (which in hindsight we now realize we should have measured the height of our hands) and then Ready, Set, DROP!
Both boys were successful. After close inspection, they boys found their eggs survived the short fall. Bones was not so sure about the next fall. In fact, he couldn’t even look.
For our second trial, we traveled next door to our neighbors higher porch. Again, Legoman measured the height of the step and we recorded the data. It was really cool watching the eggs drop this time. Because Legoman had a parachute on his, he was able to notice that his dropped slower and therefore had a softer fall.
Bones, however, was not as successful. His poor egg didn’t make it. While it was only cracked a tad, taking the tape off of it completely crushed it. Back to the drawing board.
Failure is just as important as the successes. It allows us to reevaluate, assess what works and doesn’t and teaches us to be resilient.
This time, Bones added a lot more padding on all sides of his egg and added a parachute to his contraption in hopes that it would soften the fall for our BIG TEST… The second story window!
Nervously, both boys prepared for their drop. Each one counting down and anxiously awaiting the results. We took a video so you can see what happened.
Now to check them… did they survive?
On first inspection, they noticed that Bones’ contraption was in tact completely. However, Legoman’s contraption was completely destroyed. But what about the egg?
Seriously, I think I was just as surprised as he was. Have you ever done an egg drop experiment?
They are so much fun and the best part is that if you put the learning in your child’s hands, each result will be different. This experiment could be done over and over again and be a blast every time.
Some Other Great Egg Drop Experiments:
Project Protect an Egg from Planet Smarty Pants
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