Nearly everyone has to complete the “egg drop” test at school or work. This activity is more like a contest--participants must create a protective encasement for the egg, then drop the egg and encasement from a high point. The egg that does not break is the winner. Although coming up with an idea for a protective barrier is a creative process, you must also think about practicality. Protect your egg from a fall by keeping your design simple and practical.
The Parachute Strategy
Cut pieces of foam from an old egg crate bed topper or other source. Stuff the foam tightly into the tip of a cone until the cone is just under half full of foam.
Cut another piece of foam in a circular shape the same width as the center of the cone or slightly larger. Cut a hole the width of the egg in the middle of the foam piece.
Push the foam piece with the hole into the cone. Set the egg in the hole and press down gently to ensure a tight fit.
Pad around the sides of the egg with foam. Make it snug, but not so tight as to put too much pressure on the egg. Cut out circles of foam to fill the cone to the top.
Tape over the top of the cone to keep the foam in place. Punch two holes on opposite sides of the top of the cone.
Loop the handles of the plastic grocery bag into each hole and tie them into a knot. Drop the egg with the cone point facing the ground. The bag will inflate and parachute the egg down.
The Chopstick Strategy
Wrap the egg snugly in several layers of bubble wrap. Tape the bubble wrap in place.
Make a teepee formation with four of the chopsticks. Rubber band the tops of the chopsticks together and keep the bottoms spread out in the triangular teepee formation.
Set the chopstick teepee over the bubble-wrapped egg. Punch the end of a chopstick through the bubble wrap, being sure not to touch the egg.
Push the chopstick all the way through so that each end is touching one of the chopsticks in the teepee formation. Rubber band or tape the chopsticks together at both ends.
Rubber band the end of one chopstick to the tip of the chopstick that is punched through the bubble wrap. Rubber band the other end to the closest teepee chopstick. Repeat this for the opposite side to create a triangular point.
Set the contraption on a piece of paper with the triangle point at one of the paper corners. Fold the paper corner up and punch the chopsticks through. Tape the paper into place and attach the paper in the same manner to the rest of the chopsticks. Drop the egg with the top of the teepee formation pointed down.
The Packing Peanut Strategy
Fill a medium-size plastic zip bag with packing peanuts and put the egg inside. Make sure the egg is completely surrounded by packing peanuts and is snug. Close the bag.
Place the bag in a small box and tape it shut. Fill the small box with packing peanuts on the sides, top and bottom of the bag.
Place the small box inside a medium-size box and pour packing peanuts along the sides, top and bottom of the small box. Make sure the small box cannot rattle around in the medium box, then tape the medium box closed.
Put the medium box into a large box and fill the gaps at the sides, top and bottom with packing peanuts. Ensure that the medium box is snug inside the large box, then tape the large box shut.
Things You'll Need
- Cardboard cone
- Duct tape
- Hole punch
- Plastic grocery bag
- 10 chopsticks
- Rubber bands
- Bubble wrap
- Plastic zip bag
- Packing peanuts
- Small box
- Medium box
- Large box
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