A popular activity for teachers each year is the “egg drop.” Each student gets an egg and some guidelines to make a container that will protect the egg and keep it from breaking when it is dropped from high in the air.

The teacher usually perches herself high atop the roof of the school and tosses the contraptions the kids have come up with to the ground as crowds of kids scream with delight. It’s great fun to hear the cheers and an occasional “darn!” when the egg drop engineers open their containers. This activity is a great lesson in critical thinking skills, problem solving and the physics of dropping an egg.

At Weather and Science Day on May 12th, 2010, students will test out their safe packaging skills to see if their egg will survive a 57 foot drop from the upper level of Coors Field.

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