Egg Day Activities

Key Words: Instructional Strategies, Science, K-6

Having an Egg Day at your school is a great way to incorporate elementary physics into beginning science classes. The idea is expandable to even intermediate high school classes, where students can keep track of the formulas and principles involved in protecting their egg. So, if you have decided to be an "egger" but don't know where to start, look no further. Following, you will find a complete and comprehensive guide to creating an egg day in your classroom or school.

Our first suggestion is to become involved with The Great Electronic Schoolhouse's Fourth Annual International Egg-a-Thon. This event, which is free of registration fee, is a program conducted over the internet and by email. They have a web site - located at http://www.eggathon.com- with five creative events, specific regulations, legal building materials, tips for successful completion, and analytical questions to ensure learning along with the fun. Participating classrooms can choose to be in any number of events, although most classes choose to participate in all of them.

The five events include the naked egg drop, international egg toss, bungee egg drop, and art egg exchange.

*The object of the NAKED EGG DROP is to design and construct a structure to protect an egg from breaking when dropped from a variable height. An egg without any visible cracks or damage is considered as a success.

Each class divides into teams. Each team is given a raw egg. Using the materials designated, they will design and construct a structure to protect the egg from breaking when dropped from a height specified by the team. The structure is dropped free fall onto a cement slab or similar non-compliant surface.

The specifics:

  1. Medium raw chicken eggs are provided by the teacher.
  2. The team is allowed 30 minutes to construct a crate using:

The recommended drop height starting points are:

Allow teams two drops, allowing fifteen minutes for repair of structure between drops. The best of these two drops is counted.

*The object of the NAKED EGG DROP is to design a "landing structure" which will prevent damage to the raw egg you drop from a specified height. An egg without any visible cracks or damage is scored as a success. Each class divides into teams. Each team receives the materials and builds a free standing landing structure to catch the unprotected raw egg.

The specifics:

  1. Medium raw chicken egg is used without any added material or special coating.
  2. The landing structure designed to catch the egg must be free standing and use some or all of the following materials:
  3. The landing structure is placed below on a floor/ground consisting of standard cement floor slab covered by tile, or similar non-compliant ground structure. The team's landing structure may be moved slightly between drops to obtain the best dropping position. Eggs will be dropped from a safe structure from the height designated by the team.
  4. The height of the landing structure is a measurement from the ground to the highest point on the landing structure. If a landing structure has a lip or wall around the outside, that will be considered as structure height.
  5. A team's result is the height of the team's best successful drop minus the height of the team's landing structure. The height of the drop will be measured from bottom of the egg when dropped. The class result is the average of all team's results.

Allowances may be made for wind considerations. If wind causes a structure to fall over, a team member may reset the platform. Wind protection is allowed for the event as long as all participants have equal benefit from such structures. These wind baffles may not touch the teams' landing structure.

* The object of the INTERNATIONAL EGG TOSS is to design and construct a protective structure within a cardboard box that will prevent damage to an egg or eggs which you MAIL to another classroom. An egg without any visible cracks or damage is scored as a success.

Each class divides into teams. Each team chooses to mail via your country's postal service's "Standard Service" (US 1st Class) - one, two or three raw medium chicken eggs in a cardboard box of any size to another Eggathon classroom. The program is responsible for providing you with a match up class to send your packages upon completion of registration.

The specifics:

  1. No special handling, UPS, or Federal Express is allowed, although you are allowed to write "fragile" or "handle with care" on the box.
  2. Each team lines the walls and bottom of their cardboard box with one layer of paper towels (not crumpled but flat). The team then uses any or all of the following materials to protect each egg from breakage:
  3. Contestants may use a pair of scissors to cut the materials (but scissors may not be a part of the package) and no other tools.
  4. Each egg must be sealed inside the plastic sandwich bag.
  5. The box exterior should also be completely wrapped in plastic and then covered with paper.

*The object of the INTERNATIONAL ART EXCHANGE is to turn your egg into a work of art. Personal expression is encouraged.

First, remove all of the contents of the egg, while keeping the egg in tact. Teams then make the egg in to a work of art. No restrictions apply, and creativity rules.

Each class makes at least one art egg for each class to which they are matched. Matched eggs are supplied by the program upon completion of registration. Send the art with a greeting in individual boxes. You will also receive art eggs from each of these art egg classrooms.
Art Eggs are greeting gifts to the other classrooms and are not to be returned. Art eggs sent to your class are gifts as well.

Some tips on how to hollow out your egg: Using a pin, carefully make one hole at each end of an UNCOOKED egg. The bottom hole should be bigger. Now comes the fun part! Blow through the top hole with your mouth, emptying the contents of the egg into a bowl. The hollow egg shell will be strongest if you allow the egg to dry for a day before you create your work of art.

*The object of the BUNGEE EGG DROP is to drop an egg from a height of one meter into a bowl of water without breaking the egg. An egg without any visible cracks or damage is scored as a success.

Each class divides into teams. Each team is given a raw egg. Using any number of rubber bands and only 10 cm of masking tape, the teams create a BUNGEE EGG. One end of the rubber band cord is attached to a point exactly 1 meter above the bottom of the bowl. The other end is attached to the egg. The egg is dropped (free fall except for the rubber band tether) from the 1 meter point into a bowl filled with water to a depth of exactly 5 cm. The 1 meter distance is measured from the top of the egg. Plumb lines are allowed for aiming but may not be attached to the egg.

The specifics:

  1. Medium raw chicken eggs are provided by the teacher.
  2. Materials include:

Teams are allowed a maximum of 2 official drops. The best of these 2 drops is counted. Repair of the egg for the second drop is allowed using an additional 15 minutes. An egg that hits the water but does not sustain a crack will be judged a successful drop. Cracks sustained during the recoil are considered breaks. The class result is the average number of successful teams participating.

If you choose to participate in the program, it takes place during April 28 through May 23. Participants in the Egg-a-Thon are encouraged to begin in early April with planning, team designs, testing, etc. The schedule looks like this:
Day 1: Monday, April 28- You will receive the listing of which classrooms are in your group. Exchange "Egg Greetings" with the classes in your egg group.
Week #1: International Egg Toss and Bundled Egg Drop (trials and testing).
Week #2: Art Egg Exchange and more Bundled Egg Drop (final drops and sharing results.) May 1st - all Egg Toss and Art Egg packages must be mailed.
Week #3: Naked Egg Drop and Bungee Egg Drop drop.
Week #4: Receiving of Art Eggs and Intern. Egg Tosses Naked Egg Drop and Bungee Egg Drop may require time this week to complete.

Registration in this program IS required for participation, and this is due (by email) by FEBRUARY 15, 1997! So, don't delay. The email address is registration@eggathon.com, and registration information is available on the web site.

Whether you choose to become involved with the The Great Electronic Schoolhouse's Fourth Annual International Egg-a-Thon, or use this information to create your own egg day, don't hesitate to add your own activities. English teachers can have students write letters of protest from their eggs. Home economics teachers can teach how to easily prepare deviled eggs. Math teachers can measure the distance the eggs travel. The possibilities are endless. (Thanks to the following contributors: The Great Electronic Schoolhouse's Fourth Annual International Egg-a-Thon, SKasse@aol.com)

Uploaded By: Jodi Gray/KSU/Deaf Education Major