Constable Cycle 2- Engineering

During this cycle, students learned about Engineering and the Engineering Design Process through a project entitled, Egg Drop Challenge!  For this challenge, students took on the role of a packaging engineer.

Throughout our time together, we talked about the shift toward online purchasing and how that affects the need for sufficient packaging.  We also talked about how technology will affect delivery of packages in the (near) future….drones!  All of these things have impacted the packaging of consumer goods to ensure that they arrive intact.

Students were involved in some research and talked about how Physics, the study of motion and energy, plays a vital role in this challenge. Students needed to learn about kinetic and potential energy and the force of gravity. Their challenge was to design a container that will protect the egg and absorb the force of it hitting the ground. Students were also encouraged to think about ways that they could counter the force of gravity and some added a parachute to their container to slow down the speed of the drop.

Part of the challenge involved taking on the real challenges an engineer faces and having to work within constraints of materials, budget, and time. They followed the steps of the Engineering Design Process to complete their work.

Anoushka, Srihith, and Aditya created packaging for their egg using cardboard, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, masking tape, a paper plate, and string. Although they had a solid design for inner packaging, their egg did crack, leading to a discussion about a redesign. This group decided that additional cotton balls would be needed at the bottom of the package to better absorb the kinetic energy.

Anant and Rehan design packaging for their egg using straws, cotton balls, and masking tape. Although they included the cotton balls for cushioning, these boys agreed that a better option would be to continue wrapping or enclosing this padding. They also talked about trying a parachute option using a coffee filter.

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