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Egg Protection Challenge


In this challenge, students must design a device to protect an egg from breaking by increasing the time interval during which a collision takes place. There are many ways of designing such a challenge so we hope to inspire the experienced teacher and provide enough guidance for the relative novice so that the experience will be both exciting and rewarding, without too much undue effort.

Here are the steps in a nutshell:

  • Determine the scope of the challenge:
    • The form of the challenge.
    • Materials
    • The time frame and class time
    • Location.
    • Group size.
    • Scoring criteria
  • Write the rules and the rubric:
    • Consider limits on resources.
    • Consider ease of scoring.
  • Make final arrangements:
    • Get permission, if necessary, to use a gymnasium or stairwell.
    • Consult custodians as well as administrators.
    • Invite district public relations personnel to come take photos.
  • Perform the challenge:
    • Students create devices.
    • Set up the testing area.
    • Test the devices.
    • Score and clean up.

If this is your first time doing a project like this, you may be surprised about how many of the steps take place before the students get to work. The pre-planning you do will make the entire process run much more smoothly than it might otherwise. It is especially important to bring custodians into the conversation. You will be breaking eggs, and giving the custodial staff a surprise trash can full of runny, smashed eggs and egg-covered devices is not a friendly gesture.

Sensors and Equipment

No probeware required for this experiment.

Physics Explorations and Projects

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Constant Motion and Changing Motion
2Balanced Forces and Unbalanced Forces
3Gravitation on Earth
4Newton’s Second Law
5Projectile Challenge
6Impulse and Momentum
7Equilibrium of Forces
8Circular Motion
9Conservation of Momentum
10Egg Protection Challenge
11Springs Making Things Move
12Kinetic Energy and Mass
13Work and Kinetic Energy
14Work Done by Gravity
15Energy in Collisions
16Rube Goldberg Machine
17Charge and Charge Models
18Coulomb's Law
19Measuring Electric Current
20Conservation of Charge
21Voltage in a Circuit
22Battery Challenge
23Magnetic Field of a Current
24Current from a Changing Field
25Generating Electricity
27Wave Speed on a String
28Speed of Sound
29Interference and Diffraction
30Sound and Loudness
31Wave Communication Challenge
32Energy Storage in Capacitors
34Heat as Energy Transfer
35Solar Cells
36Rube Goldberg Machine Revisited

Experiment 10 from Physics Explorations and Projects Lab Book

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