Its a familiar science experiment, but the classic egg drop test reaches new heights with fire department help.
At Westside Middle School in Connecticut, some special guests helped out with the egg drop test. Members of the Danbury Fire Department helped out with a hook and ladder truck, enabling students to test their egg drop from a higher vantage point.
Science students everywhere have been asked to test their ingenuity by bundling raw eggs in cardboard, masking tape, bubble wrap and other materials to keep them intact when dropped from a height.
Teacher Jon Neuhausel added one twist to the test by requiring students to design an “escape pod” — inspired by the International Space Station — allowing easy insertion and removal of the raw egg.
“This is pretty cool,” said Braeden Callaghan, 11. “We thought we were just dropping it off the roof.”
Cheering started as the firefighters began dropping the pods, and the noise grew louder as they plummeted to the ground.
“Survival!” shouted a jubilant Alexander Gibson, 11, when his group’s egg emerged intact.
“It took a lot of trial and error and minor burns from the hot-glue gun,” Gibson said. “But it’s exciting because the randomness of how it is going to come out.”
Of the 26 eggs dropped in the test, 15 survived.
Neuhasel was delighted.
“We like to explore in big ways,” he said. “The students were excited, so that added to the day.”
Principal Frank LaBanca said the egg-drop project is one of many coming this year at Westside, which is a Science Technology Engineering and Math magnet school.