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posted: Wed, Dec 10th, 2014

Egg-cellent Egg Drop

Physics is everywhere, and when the Physics classes put their knowledge to the test, students had some "egg"-cellent results!

The students needed to design a contraption in which they could secure and drop a regular egg and have it survive a twenty-foot drop. Students were given a list of materials they could use to construct their egg carriers, including paper, rubber bands, straws, and other everyday materials.

In teams of two, the students worked together to design their projects. Teams had a few goals in mind as they designed their carriers. First of all, Mr. Holton designed a scoring system for his classes. Students would not receive any points in the contest if their egg broke upon impact. Besides keeping the egg from breaking, students could score points in the contest by having the lightest mass and the longest amount of time in the air before landing on the target.

Some students scrapped their designs three or four times before deciding on a carrier that had the properties they deemed necessary to protect their egg on the free fall. Nayan Gupta and Claudio Sanchez designed their carrier based on weight properties and ended up choosing a design that would absorb the most impact.

Similarly, Mackenzie Spohn and Brooke Speas chose to create their design using rubber bands for maximum absorbency of impact and to keep the egg secure while falling.

Kathleen DeBiasse and Zachary McCreery created an egg carrier that was light and could collapse upon impact to absorb the shock.

Mr. Holton, who runs the project with his Advanced Placement and College Prep Physics classes, enjoys watching the students using their knowledge of mass and gravity to help them design egg carriers. "This class has some nice designs," he said. "But it's also fun to see when the egg gets smashed on impact."

The Physics First classes will be completing the activity in the spring. Maybe they can get some pointers from, Ashish Bhat and Sahit Chintalapudi, whose device had the smallest mass: 22.1 grams. They set the standard for their AP Physics class, and other students were in competition to make even lighter egg carriers. The experiment shows that Physics can be used with real-life applications.

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