Students test theories with Egg Drop Day

Students wait eagerly as “Dr. Science” unwraps the casing from an egg on Eagle Hill School’s annual Operation Egg Drop Day.

Students wait eagerly as “Dr. Science” unwraps the casing from an egg on Eagle Hill School’s annual Operation Egg Drop Day.

Eagle Hill students had an egg-cellent adventure on Oct. 25 during the annual Operation Egg Drop Day, which has been a school tradition for more than 20 years.

During Operation Egg Drop, students climb the stairs to the second floor of the Weed Building to launch their inventive eggs-in-a-casing from the wide ledge surrounding the outdoor balcony. In order to prepare for the day, the students immersed themselves in an exploration of the scientific method to problem solve and create a vehicle that would allow an egg to survive a 27-foot drop.

On the day of the event, parents of the young scientists joined the Eagle Hill faculty, staff and students to watch as the eggs left the hands of the intrepid students and made their way to the ground below. From there, school advisor (aka “Doctor Science”) Miss Quinn examined the casings to see how the eggs fared. This was either a quick process or somewhat time intensive, as the students used a variety of materials — Styrofoam, makeup puffs, paper, cardboard, netting, tissue — to help ensure their eggs had a safe trip to earth.

“I enjoyed watching students start with a basic plan and then develop a very complex vehicle to help save their eggs,” said science teacher Emma Lipmann. “I especially enjoyed seeing the pride in the students when their eggs survived.”

After the eggs were dropped, the teachers and students discussed the outcomes and came to a scientific conclusion based on those results.

“Very few of my students had the same exact plan as they did in the beginning of the project. Many were shocked when we looked back at the original drawings,” Ms. Lipmann said.

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