The egg drop challenge was just one experiment that young students attempted during the annual summer camp at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Taunton, Massachusetts.
Other projects included making toothpick structures which were weight tested, and computer coding.
For the first time since it started five years ago, the Catholic school’s summer camp has focused on STEM activities. According to Cheryl Cordaro, first grade teacher and program director, attendance at the camp has dwindled due to only being open for half a day, the result of a volunteer shortage. However, changing the camp’s focus to STEM activities has attracted attention.
“Parents really like the idea of STEM,” Cordaro said. “We’re going to keep it going throughout the coming school year.”
Students fit their eggs in shoeboxes packed with crumpled paper, bubble wrap, masking tape, and paper cups. They were building “fortresses” so that the eggs would not break when they dropped.
“We learned that it (the egg) needs extra support so that when it drops it doesn’t break,” said Alexandra, a student at Our Lady of Lourdes.