Students were tasked with designing and building a container that would allow for an egg to land safely from a height. This was part of a larger unit where we discussed the physics of bungee jumping, parkour, and skydiving in terms of force, impulse, and momentum, as well as the interplay between force, work, potential energy, and kinetic energy. Students could enter their egg drop apparatus into different categories with different size and materials restrictions (for example, a 1 foot x 1 foot x 1 foot volume with no duct tape and no bubble wrap).
They received help from the Athletic Department, the PE & Health Department, and Sean Magoun to be able to use the lift in the gym. Six out of the 10 designs were successful at the highest possible drop height of 24.5 feet.