The egg drop experiment is a school project that teaches students about physics. The challenge is to create a structure that will protect a raw egg from breaking even after being dropped from several feet high. One of the easiest and most efficient ways to create a successful egg drop structure is to harness the gravity slowing effects of a parachute. Making a homemade parachute that is attached to a crate will protect your egg and earn you a passing grade.
Glue a crate together using ice-lolly sticks. The bottom of the crate should be five sticks wide and the sides should each be three sticks high. Bind the ice-lolly sticks together using craft glue.
Cut four pieces of yarn that are each 15 cm (6 inches) long. Glue one end of each piece of yarn to each corner of the crate.
Punch holes into each corner of a sheet of newspaper that has been cut to a rectangle that measures 25 by 20 cm (10 by 8 inches). Make sure the holes are about 1.3 cm (half an inch) into the paper to avoid tearing through.
Tie the loose ends of the yarn into each hole in the newspaper to create a parachute.
Line the inside of the crate with cotton balls before setting the egg inside to provide cushion. Make sure the parachute is lifted above the crate in the proper position when you drop it.
Things you need
- 18 ice-lolly sticks
- Craft glue
- Cotton balls
- Hole punch