Teaching Engineering Design with an Egg Drop
- Do background research, brainstorm, and prototype an egg drop design
- Iteratively test and improve the design
- Communicate information about the design process
The egg drop project is a time-honored tradition in many science classrooms. Students build a device to protect an egg and prevent it from breaking when dropped. This project typically relates to lessons about Newton's laws of motion or potential and kinetic energy. However, it is also a great way for students to practice the engineering design process, and learn about the importance of design iteration and learning from failure.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
Area of Science
force, energy, engineering design
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