THE GREAT EGG ESCAPE

Kelli Cyr, Annette Wellman, and Lindsey VanDyck compare projects during the Great Egg Drop at Bishop Luers’ High School physics class.
Kelli Cyr, Annette Wellman, and Lindsey VanDyck compare projects during the Great Egg Drop at Bishop Luers’ High School physics class.
Bishop Luers Physics class held their Great Egg Drop on October 13.

Jason Draper, Bishop Luers Physics teacher had his students build a device that would hold an egg and protect it from breaking when dropped from the top of the press box behind the Bishop Luers home football bleachers. The student’s grades are based on how successful their drop is: how it landed, if it remained on target, creativity and originality, design (based on physics principals) and a follow up written report. The students were restricted on the type of material they could use to build their device.

Eighteen of the ninety-one devices worked.

“The most successful designs incorporated Newton’s laws of motion, inertia, and action and reaction,” commented Mr. Draper. “The students that were also able to extend the time of the impact were very successful. Many designs fell apart when they hit the ground just like race cars fall apart during accidents to dissipate the energy involved in the collisions.”

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