Egg drop competitions are a fun way to learn about physics—namely the effect of forces and shock absorption. If you’ve been asked to create an egg container that will be dropped from a significant height, there are two ways you can protect your egg. First you must slow down the speed at which the egg hits the ground. Then you should find a way to absorb the shock on the egg when it hits the ground, using padding and cushioning.
Things You'll Need
- Styrofoam block
- Utility knife
- Bubble wrap
- Raw egg
- Elastic bands
- Parachute toy
Purchase a medium sized styrofoam block. Be sure to purchase a block that is within the size requirements of the project.
Use a utility knife to cut the block in half to expose its center. Carefully carve an egg sized hole in the center of the block. Make the hole large enough to fit an egg that has been wrapped with bubble wrap.
Cut a sheet of bubble wrap and wrap it around your egg. Use an elastic band to secure the bubble wrap and insert it into the hole in your styrofoam.
Place the two halves of the block back together to encase your egg. Secure the outside of the block with elastics to hold the two pieces firmly together.
Cut the man off your parachute toy and tie the strings to the top of your egg container. This way, the speed of the container will be decreased by the parachute, and the box will protect the egg against minimal impact.