Brunswick Acres 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.

Jeyram and Vinay created their egg packaging using paper plates, masking tape and cotton balls. Although their egg cracked slightly, the boys agreed that more cotton balls would solve the problem.

Jessica, Maanya, and Emma created their egg packaging using cardboard, cotton balls, masking tape, a paper plate, string and coffee filters. If they had a chance to redesign, the girls agreed that the coffee filters were unnecessary additions, and the box-like structure would be sufficient on its own.

SUCCESS!

Adil and Pranay created their egg packaging using paper plates, masking tape, shredded paper and cotton balls. Although their egg broke, the boys identified the need for additional cotton balls, which would solve the problem. They would add cotton balls under the egg, not just around it, so the kinetic energy would be absorbed more efficiently.

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