By Berit Ollestad
Ask for your eggs “over easy” at the Frelinghuysen Middle School, and you’re in for quite a spectacle.
Teams of 8th grade science students at the Morris Township school put their packaging skills to the test on Monday for an “Eggcraft Drop” of epic proportions.
They had spent weeks collaborating to design and build one-foot-by-one-foot packages to protect raw eggs dropped from staggering heights.
As the heights increased, so did the complexity of the project. Students had to consider how to decrease the velocity (speed) of each egg as it was falling to assure its safe landing.
Photos by Berit Ollestad.
When Edward Cohen, Frelinghuysen supervisor of instruction, contacted Morris Township Fire Inspector William Duffy, he had one question: “Any suggestions on how we can achieve the height needed for our experiment?”
Duffy responded by offering the department’s ladder truck.
“This is our community and these are our kids; we do it for the kids,” said Duffy. A Township firefighter named Dan was hoisted 50 feet with a hefty bag full of projects, and then hoisted another 25 feet to his final destination, 75 feet above the anxious and excited students.
They had an opportunity to showcase their creativity with their varied approaches. Many students seemed to think that a “parachuting egg” was the answer. Others attached helium balloons to slow the egg on its downward journey.
Still others opted for the “UPS” route, packaging the egg securely in bubble wrap, foam, newspaper and even gerbil bedding. Most students were pleased with the results; only a few needed to go back to the drawing board.
The experiment gave students the opportunity to apply engineering and physics concepts from the classroom.
“Through multiple trials they were able to look at different measurements and then they were able to determine which designs were more successful over the others” said Cohen.
The End of Elm restaurant in Morristown donated hundreds of eggs for this event.