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.
Rohan, Anish, and Rahi created a clean, secure packaging for their egg using a paper plate, masking tape, cotton balls, and string. Their attention to detail in creating a realistic-looking package was impressive! This group had a well-cushioned interior, which allowed their egg to remain intact even after 3 drops.
Shreyas, Vignesh, and Ashwina designed packaging for their egg using cardboard, masking tape, cotton balls, a paper plate, a paper tube, and pipe cleaners. They attributed their success to the paper tube attached to the bottom of the package, as it absorbed the kinetic energy, therefore protecting their egg.
Victor and Sidharth designed packaging for their egg using cardboard, pipe cleaners, a paper towel, cotton balls, and masking take. Although their egg cracked, the boys decided that a bit more cushioning (cotton balls) inside their package would have protected the egg successfully.
Amar, Shivani, and Karthik designed packaging for their egg using paper plates, shredded paper, pipe cleaners, cotton balls, and masking tape. Although they added the cotton balls to cushion the egg, this group decided that they would need more in order to fully protect the egg. Their redesign would also include sides to be added so that the egg wouldn’t fall out.
Sameer, Rohan, and Yashvita created packaging for their egg using paper plates, cotton balls, rubber bands, and masking tape. They made sure to have sufficient cushioning (cotton balls) for the egg which absorbed the kinetic energy.