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Splat! Become an egg engineer

Can you keep a dropped egg from breaking?
Posted at 5:37 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 17:54:46-04

The next time you get in a car take a look at all the things there to keep you safe.
Scientists called engineers have created seat belts and air bags and other devices to protect you in case of a crash. But first, they had to test those devices to make sure they worked.

Let's be engineers. Egg engineers! Our goal is to use common household items to protect an egg and keep it from breaking when it's dropped.

With mom or dad's permission, gather several eggs, along with some common household items like paper towels, straws, toilet paper rolls and plastic bags. Plus, tape, rubber bands and bread ties.

Now use those items to build some kind of structure you think will protect it when dropped. Will your contraption act like a car's airbag? Or maybe like a seat belt? Do you think a homemade parachute will do the trick?

Once you have your eggs protected, have mom or dad help you drop the eggs from different heights.

Keep track of how each egg performs. Write down what items you used, from what height they were dropped and why your structure did or didn't work.

Then go back to the drawing board and try again. Now you're an egg engineer!