The egg drop experiment is a classic because it mixes all elements of science, technology, engineering, and math in a beautiful mix of the disciplines. But after you’ve dropped eggs once, you don’t need to again, right?
Or do you?
In this fun egg drop STEM challenge, kids are challenged to protect their eggs from breaking, but this time, they can only use Valentine’s supplies!
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Valentines Egg Drop: STEM Challenge for Kids
What you’ll need to set up the Valentine’s egg drop challenge:
- Raw eggs (1-2 per kid)
- Valentine’s supplies (we did a variety of what we had on hand, including chenille stems, string, paper bags, felt hearts, gummy Valentine’s candy, sponges, and confetti)
- Candy boxes
- Tape and hot glue
The goal of this challenge is to protect your egg from a high drop. But you can only use Valentine’s Day supplies!
I completed this challenge with my preschooler. My older daughter is a little bored by this experiment because we’ve done it so many times, but my preschooler loves it still. She made a version on her own, and I made one with her that I thought would be less likely to break.
In her version, she put two sponges at the bottom of a paper sack. She put the egg on top of the sponge. She put straws on top of the egg and sprinkled the inside with hearts and candy. We taped the bag shut.
In the second version, we sandwiched the egg between sponges, using tape and chenille stems to hold the two sides together. We made springs from additional chenille stems for extra cushioning and put everything inside another paper bag.
We wrapped the bag with string and decorated with hearts.
Then it was time to drop!
My preschooler dropped the bags from our third-story balcony.
We ran down to check the bags.
Much to my surprise, my preschoolers design worked. The one I helped with didn’t.
At this point, my older daughter suggested that maybe making the sandwich of sponges actually crushed the egg when it fell because there was no bounce. If only she had helped us make our design in the first place!
What Kids Learn with a Valentine Egg Drop
There is a lot of engineering that goes into package design. While most packages aren’t dropped from third-story balconies, there is a lot of engineering and science that goes into package design to protect merchandise. This STEM challenge is an easy way for kids to see how engineering and design directly affects their world and how you can use science and math to determine if a certain material will work. The Valentine’s twist helps children learn to think outside the box when it comes to engineering and design!
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