Active Time
30-45 minutes
Total Project Time
30-45 minutes
Key Concepts
Energy, force, physics, engineering design
A broken egg next to an egg sitting in a protective homemade container

Introduction

The egg-drop project is a classic and time-honored tradition in many science classes. The goal is usually to build a device that can protect an egg when dropped from a high location. This activity puts a twist on the classic project, motivated by real-world advances in space exploration. Can you build a reusable egg-drop lander that can survive repeated falls from the same height? Try this activity and find out

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
This activity is not appropriate for use as a science fair project. Good science fair projects have a stronger focus on controlling variables, taking accurate measurements, and analyzing data. To find a science fair project that is just right for you, browse our library of over 1,200 Science Fair Project Ideas or use the Topic Selection Wizard to get a personalized project recommendation.

Materials

  • Paper and pencil
  • Raw eggs
  • Paper towels for cleanup
  • Assorted craft and construction materials such as popsicle sticks, paper cups, egg cartons, cardboard, etc.
  • Cushioning materials like cotton balls, bubble wrap, Styrofoam®, etc.
  • Tape and/or glue
  • Optional: materials to build a parachute, like string and a plastic bag
  • Area to drop the egg that will be easy to clean up in case the egg breaks

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Active Time
30-45 minutes
Total Project Time
30-45 minutes
Key Concepts
Energy, force, physics, engineering design
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