Summer Camp Kid Balloon Drop
Leroy Hamilton

Egg Drop Engineering Lab

Grades 4 - 8

Look out below! Working in groups of four or five, students will create a prototype to protect an egg from a 20-foot (6-meter) drop. Using the information collected, groups will modify their prototype for a final test drop from 30 feet (9 meters) above the ground!

Learning Goals and Activities

See below for questions your students may ask, and the scientific activities that will help them explore, explain, and elaborate on their understanding of the force of gravity and the engineering process. 

What is gravitational acceleration?
Discussion of gravitational acceleration. 

What is the engineering design process? 
Discussion of the engineering design process.
Hands-on construction of prototype with varied materials and a 6-meter drop from the Mega Tower. 

What is the force that slows down your prototype? 
Discussion of drag on prototypes.
Hands-on construction of final design and a 9-meter drop from the Mega Tower.