Egg Drop CHALLENGE

16 DAYS : 17 HOURS : 25 MINS LEFT
Challenge Details
YOUR CHALLENGE IS:

BUILD A SYSTEM THAT PROTECTS A RAW EGG WHEN DROPPED FROM 8 FEET

ENTRIES DUE: July 10, 2019 | 11:59 PM PST

Your challenge is to create a system that protects a raw egg when dropped from a height of eight feet using any of the following items: paper plates, straws, balloons, rubber bands, paper cups, and/or tape. The smaller your solution is, the higher it will score. Submit a video of your egg drop, including a thumbnail image and a description of your design. The video must show whether the egg was cracked or not after the drop. Be sure to review the CONTEST RULES and DESIGN GUIDELINES for all challenge details including the privacy rules: NO FACES, VOICES, or NAMES in your entry! Also NO MUSIC in the video. Eggs-ercise your creativity… and good luck!
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DATES / JUDGING CRITERIA / PRIZES

You have to play by the Rules to Win.

WHO CAN ENTER

Individuals or Teams of up to 4 Students
All teammates must be in the same judging category
Grades K-12 Students
In the United States

JUDGING CRITERIA

Grades K-12
 
20
POINTS
Communication of your design
20
POINTS
Size of Your Design (Assessed on a scale of 0 = HUGE to 20 = tiny)
30
POINTS
Creativity of Your Egg Drop Design
30
POINTS
Egg Survival (Assessed on a scale of 0 = Smashed to 30 = No cracks!)

HOW TO ENTER

An entry must include:


Title (Max 30 Characters)

Text Description (Max 1500 Characters)

Video of your design (Max 200 MB)

JPG Thumbnail of your Video (Max 3MB)


Please review the Contest Rules and Design Guidelines prior to creating your entry.
Contest Rules Design Guidelines
PROGRAM DATES
Challenge Launch
15
April
Entries Close
10
July
Semifinalists Announced
06
August
Finalists Announced
12
August
Winners Announced
19
August
Challenge Launch
15
April
Entries Close
10
July
Semifinalists Announced
06
August
Finalists Announced
12
August
Winners Announced
19
August

PRIZES

 

Conduct The Challenge

Lesson Plan Details and Challenge Tips!

1. Science Lessons

Learn about energy and impact

2. Digital Tools

Learn to edit a video

3. Brainstorm & Design

Design an egg drop contraption

4. Build & Iterate

Build, Iterate & Drop Test
Science Lessons
Digital Tools
Brainstorm & Design
Build & Iterate
Science Lessons
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Science Lessons
Digital Tools
Brainstorm & Design
Build & Iterate

LEARN ABOUT SCIENCE

Students will learn about potential and kinetic energy. They will conduct egg drop demonstrations to understand energy, impact, and speed.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 Students per Team

Approach

Use Lessons and Slides to Teach Content

Material

See Lesson

Videos / Resources

Brainstorm & Design

Students will brainstorm factors that affect their egg drop contraption. They will also create a sketch of their design.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 per Team

Approach

Brainstorm build factors and sketch a design

Material

Computer, Internet

Educator tools

Brainstorming Ideas

Brainstorming Idea
MATERIALS

You can use paper plates, straws, balloons, rubber bands, paper cups, and tape, but the smaller your design, the more points you will get. Think about what materials you will pick and how you will use them. Will you use them as is, or alter them to get the results you want? 

 

Brainstorming Idea
EGGSHELL PROTECTION

Egg shells are delicate. How will you distribute the force to protect your egg from getting poked, prodded or pierced upon impact? (Remember! You need to show the intact eggshell at the end of your egg drop video, so make sure any egg protection is removable.)

 

 

Brainstorming Idea
STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY

How will your design keep its shape? How will it securely hold your egg? Will it be built to be hard like a tank? Or soft like a pillow? Or a little bit of both? 

 

 

Brainstorming Idea
AIR RESISTANCE

Drag is a force due to air resistance which in the case of the egg drop, directly opposes the weight of your payload. Will you try to use air resistance as part of your design? If so, how? If not, why? 

 

Brainstorming Idea
BALANCE & ORIENTATION

Is balance important to your egg invention? What about orientation? Is there a specific way it should land? Is there a specific orientation that the egg should be placed in your design?

Brainstorming Idea
IMPACT ABSORPTION

How will your design absorb the force of impact? How fast will your egg come to a halt when it hits the ground? Will you use crumple zones or perhaps a different method to break the fall? 

 

 

Digital Tools

Take your video to the next level by using video editing and storytelling tools.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 per Team

Approach

Use video editing tools to put the final touches on your video.

Material

Computer, Internet
Native Tools
Microsoft Photo offers free, basic video editing software for PC users.

iMovie is free for Mac users and is a powerful beginner video editing tool.

Google photos has simple video editing capabilities and is free for Android or iOS users.

WeVideo is a cloud-based video editor that is included in the Creative Apps bundle for Chromebooks which may have been pre-purchased by a school with their chromebooks.
Adobe Spark
Adobe Spark is a fun and free storytelling application used to create video stories with multimedia content including motion graphics, audio recording, music, text, and/or photos. It is cloud-based for Mac and PC using a web browser and also available as an IOS app.
Davinci Resolve 15
Davinci Resolve is a professional-grade, advanced editing and color grading tool. They offer a free version which has many of the editing capabilities of the paid version.

Build & Iterate

In this last phase of the engineering design process, students will build, refine, and iterate their egg drop design. Then, they will see if their design can survive a drop test from 8 feet.
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Max 4 per Team

Approach

Build, Iterate & Test the Egg Drop Build

Material

Paper Plates, Straws, Balloons, Rubber bands, Paper Cups, Tape

Educator tools

 
 
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