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.
Aren, Krish, and Ryan created their egg packaging using paper plates, popsicle sticks, shredded paper, cotton balls, and masking tape. Their design allowed the egg to be protected while the plates and cotton balls absorbed the kinetic energy.
Tejas, Aditya, and Bidit created their egg packaging using a paper plate, cardboard, shredded paper, cotton balls, and masking tape. Their egg was nestled inside of a paper tube stuffed with cotton balls. The egg withstood the impact of 3 drops due to the extra cushioning.If the boys could redesign, they would attempt to make an enclosed box-like package.
Harika, Rhea, Siddarth, and Akshat designed egg packaging using paper tubes, paper plates, cotton balls, masking tape, and pipe cleaners. Their egg was nestled into the paper tubes stuffed with cotton balls while the paper plates took most of the impact. If given the chance to redesign, this group would design a more conventional, box-like packaging.
Jai and Aryan created egg packaging using paper plates, cotton balls, masking tape, and paper rolls. They placed the egg into the paper tube and padded it with cotton balls to absorb the kinetic energy. Although their egg cracked, the boys agreed that they would add more cotton balls.
Luke and Kevin designed egg packaging using paper plates, cotton balls, paper tubes, masking tape, and straws. They added string and coffee filters to act as parachutes, slowing the fall of the package. The cotton balls and paper plate were sufficient enough to absorb the kinetic energy, keeping their egg intact.