Egg Drop Challenge
The egg drop challenge is fun for all ages and can be modified to teach physics to the younger and older grades. At first grade they are going to be learning about force and gravity. They also are going to be innovative designers and design the best way to drop the egg without it breaking. Using technology they can gather information to look at how they can develop the best way to drop an egg without it breaking.
- Understand how gravity works.
- Be able to define force.
- Be able to create a way to drop an egg without it breaking.
- Be able to design the best way to drop an egg without it breaking.
- Force: Force is a push or pull upon an object resulting from the object's interaction with another object.
- Gravity: Gravity is the natural force that causes things to fall toward the earth.
- Innovative Designer: An innovative designer is someone who comes up with a unique and new way to create something.
- There are two good videos on force and gravity. Watch both of them and decide which one is best for your students.
- The egg drop challenge is to have your students design something to put an egg in so when it is dropped it won't break.
- Gather tape measures to use to measure the heighth from where the students are going to drop the eggs.
- Decide whether or not the students are going to take on roles when the eggs are dropping:
- Notetaker (Checklist of student names on a device that can be checked off or physical paper)
- Decide whether to use an iPhone or iPad to record the egg drops. It can be one long video or one for each child. Using IMovie all the videos can be put together and parts can be spliced out easily by the teacher.
- Here is a short tutorial on how to quickly edit videos.
- The checklist can be created easily in Google Docs or Word in a table or spreadsheet. The student can use a device to quickly put an X by the student's name to state whether it broke or stayed intact.
- See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources.
- The teacher shows the students one of the videos on force and gravity.
- The teacher explains the egg drop challenge.
- The students are challenged to go home and design with their parents a way to drop the egg without breaking.
- At 1st grade, have them each use a shoe box which they can design both inside and outside for the challenge.
- The students will bring the box into school with an egg in it. (Have extra eggs in case someone does not have one or it breaks before the challenge)
- Find somewhere like the playground to drop the eggs and have a tarp to catch the mess. Have the students decide what heighth they are going to drop it from. Maybe they will start lower and then go higher.
- Have the students measure the heighth they are going to drop the eggs from.
- Have an iPhone or iPad to video the egg drops. The students can later watch the videos and decide what went right or wrong.
- Have one or more students taking notes on whose eggs broke and what heighth they broke at. Have a checklist made out ahead of time so all they have to do is put a checkmark by the person's name and heighth. The checklist can be on a computer device or paper/pencil.
- Check for understanding
- Discuss with the students after the egg drop which designs were best.
- Have them tell you why the design worked or did not work.
4a. Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
4b. Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
4c. Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
Devices and Resources
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
- Decorate a box in art class.
- Learn how to use a measuring tape.
- Learning force and gravity.
This task card was created by Melissa White, 21Things Project Manager, REMC Association of Michigan, February 2018.