Humpty Dumpty, the town’s giant egg man decided to sit on the wall next to Little Miss Muffet who was sitting on her tuffet. Well, Miss Muffet’s fear of spiders caused her to panic which in turn caused Mr. Dumpty to succumb to gravity. Luckily for him, he hired you and a team of egg-ceptional engineers to design an emergency egg evacuation device to handle egg-streme falls. But will your team hatch a plan or will you have egg on your faces?
Marker to draw a face on the eggs
Eggs - raw
Tarp to use as landing pad
Any other materials that add to the creative build
This engineering challenge is about teamwork, creativity, and egg-sperimentation. Each team will devise and build a protective container that will allow your egg to survive a fall between four and 30 feet depending on the egg-sperience of the team and access to a high place. Your team will have access to a variety of materials. It’s best to make this a timed event. 90 minutes is good amount of time. It is important to keep the challenge fun and to promote good teamwork.
Will your team try to defy gravity by slowing down the fall with air resistance using a parachute-like device? Or will your team focus on creating a compartment to keep the egg safe?
Once the teams finish building their contraptions, make the egg drop an egg-citing event. Remember: the process of making the emergency egg evacuation device is just as important as protecting your egg. Have an egg-cellent time!
Engineers are constantly called upon to devise ways to keep people (and eggs) safe. Astronauts, athletes, and car passengers have all benefited from the engineering design process of continually testing out new ideas that promote safety. One such innovation is D3O®, a distinctive orange gel that when struck by a sudden impact like a hammer will dissipate the force and protect whatever is coated with the gel. The polymer molecules of D3O® act like a non-Newtonian fluid by becoming more solid when subjected to a concussive force.