Students from Summit Academy Transition High School in Cincinnati crafted containers with everything from duct tape to Styrofoam and put them to the test during the school’s first Egg Drop Challenge.
The objective: to land an egg without breaking it.
Containers designed by students Isaiah Clay, Shelby Kruse, Kendra Meiser, Madison Taylor and Christopher White protected eggs from cracking. The competition showcased critical thinking and ingenuity at its best with student-engineered structures that incorporated cotton balls, straws and even a peanut butter jar.
As students dropped their eggs — nestled in a collection of quirky containers — from the school’s second-floor window (a 17-foot, 5-inch plunge), fellow students and staff members cheered them on.
“Our students … really stepped up to the challenge,” says Tre Davis, an intervention specialist who works in the school’s science department. He adds that the egg drop challenge is one of a variety of S.T.RE.A.M. (science, technology, reading, engineering, art, math and music) projects in which students participate.
Newly created by Davis, S.T.R.E.A.M. curriculum explores multiple science disciplines while delving deep into teaching scientific concepts through challenges of varying levels for students.