STEM for Kids: Egg Drop Project

Have you tried the egg drop project yet? This was our 4th year in a row taking part this super fun STEM activity for kids! Check out how to do it with your children or students, and be sure to print out our two free printable recording sheets.

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Egg Drop Project 2016: Fun STEM activity for kids- Design an egg contraption to protect a raw egg! (with 2 free printables!)

 

The kids always look forward to the annual egg drop project! If you’re unfamiliar with this popular STEM activity, the challenge is for kids to design a contraption using various materials (usually recyclables) to protect a raw egg from a high fall.

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Although this activity is most popular in high school physics classes, we’ve adapted it for elementary aged children and have done it with my husband’s 4th grade class for years in a row. (You can even do it with preschool aged children!)

 

Egg Drop Project 2016: Fun STEM activity for kids- Design an egg contraption to protect a raw egg! (with 2 free printables!)

Egg Drop Project

Kids were instructed to bring in materials from home for their egg contraptions. This year we changed the rules up a bit and eliminated a few materials the kids usually use in their egg contraptions- no boxes and no battery powered items.

After collecting materials over a few days, students were able to work independently, in pairs or in small groups to design a contraption to protect their raw egg.

They recored their designs on our free printable recording sheet.

 

egg drop challenge free printable planning sheet for kids

 

After constructing their contraptions, the class examined all the other egg containers created.

 

Egg Drop Project 2016: Fun STEM activity for kids- Design an egg contraption to protect a raw egg! (with 2 free printables!)

 

They recorded their predictions on which contraptions would work using our free printable egg drop challenge recording sheet.

 

egg drop project- free prediction recording sheet for elementary students

 

They then took their contraptions outside to test them out. My husband climbed onto the school roof with all the egg containers and dropped them one at at time. Since this is the highest we’ve done the egg drop challenge compared to years past, there were quite a few broken eggs this time!

 

Egg Drop Project 2016: Fun STEM activity for kids- Design an egg contraption to protect a raw egg! (with 2 free printables!)

 

The students discussed why certain contraptions did or did not work.

The kids were super excited to take part in the egg drop project, and one student even suggested we do it again later in the year taking into account what we learned from the current egg drop challenge. I’m sure we’ll be doing it again soon!
 

 

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Egg Drop Project 2016: Fun STEM activity for kids- Design an egg contraption to protect a raw egg! (with 2 free printables!)

Comments

  1. I remember doing this project in school and absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to share this with the kids I nanny for and see what they come up with. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this! I was thinking what I can do to make my class interesting. I just started my tutoring for 3rd grade and it was fun! Again thank you for sharing your printable worksheet too

  3. Vicci Rees says:

    I have just done this with a youth group I help run. They really enjoyed this and got a lot from it. I would most certainly do this again if I had the opportunity to do so.

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