Virginia Tech - Invent the Future

Egg Drop Project

Supplies Provided By Us

  • Small Paper Cups
  • Straws
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Rubber Bands
  • Tape
  • Cellophane
  • Balloons

Supplies To Be Provided By Requestor

  • 1 Raw Egg per Group
  • Newspaper (for floor)
  • Cleaning Supplies

Subjects Covered

  • Forces
  • Impulse
  • Energy Conservation

Description and Procedure

This is the classic egg drop experiment. Student's try to build a structure that will prevent a raw egg from breaking when dropped from a significant height. They should think about creating a design which would reduce the amount energy trasferred from kinetic energy to the egg shell. Some ways to do this would be to decrease the final speed of the egg using air resistance, increaseing the time of the collision using some sort of cushion, trasferring the energy into something else, or whatever else they can think of!.

Each group of students gets the following:

  • 2 balloons
  • 2 dixie cups
  • 4 straws
  • 1 sq ft of cellophane
  • 4 rubber bands
  • 4 popsicle sticks
  • 2 meters of tape
  • 1 egg

Outreach Wiki Link

Egg Drop Outreach Wiki Page