How to Write a Hypothesis for an Egg Drop Science Project

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For a classical science experiment such as the egg drop, it is important to develop a proper hypothesis. A hypothesis is an educated explanation made with limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation. Write a hypothesis before beginning the experiment. An egg-drop project requires students to create containers that hold an egg without cracking if the container and egg are dropped from a certain height. The rules regarding the container and the height dropped depend on the rules each teacher sets. A proper hypothesis lists the parameters and predicts what will happen if those limits are met.

  • Think about how easily an egg breaks if an egg carton is dropped. From what height will it break and from what height will it remain intact?

  • Ask yourself what padding would ensure the egg is protected from cracking when dropped.

  • Decide on appropriate test parameters for the egg container, such as what materials to use, how much material to use, and from what height drop the egg.

  • Write a hypothesis that indicates which container parameters and height you have decided will keep the egg intact when dropped. Write your hypothesis as an if-then statement that will be answered by your experiment.

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