Text by Tom F
The guidelines are size, materials, and the egg. Size – the device can be any size, shape or weight. Materials – any materials can be used... but we would get bonus points if it is used “ environmentally friendly“ materials. The egg will be provided from the school.
There are four age groups, but two main groups. Pre – school – 6yoc, 7yoc - 10yoc, 11yoc – 13yoc, snd secondary. The two main ones are: pre – school – 10yoc at (12:35), and 11yoc – secondary at (1:30). There are three categories Single scientist: design and build your device by yourself. Co – scientist: design and build your device with one friend. And family lab: design and build your device with more than one friend and/ or any other family members.
There are four ways to score. Effectiveness, creativity, aesthetic appreciation, and e
nvironmental friendliness. Effectiveness is how good it works. You would get 10 points: if the egg white and yolk can be seen. 5 points: if there is some damage to the egg, but no egg yolk cant be seen. And 0 points: if the egg did not crack. Creativity is how your egg contraption performed. 10 points: if the device had more than 2 moving parts and / or more than 2 steps. It should be a large amount of creativity and planning. 5 points: if the device had 1-2 moving parts and / or 1-2 steps. It shows some creativity and effort. 0 points: if the device only used “human effort“ (for example, you simply hit the egg with a hammer or dropped it off the roof). It demonstrated minimal creativity. Aesthetic appreciation means when the device cracked the egg neatly. 10 points: the egg was cracked neatly into 2-3 large pieces and / or the white and egg yolk were removed from the shell. 5 points: the egg was cracked neatly into 4-6 pieces and / or the white and egg yolk were mostly removed from the shell. 0 points: the egg shell was smashed into a large number of pieces that were mixed with the egg white and yolk. Environmental friendliness is made of recyclable materials. 5 points: the device was made of recycled or recyclable materials. 0 points: the device was not made of recyclable or recycled materials.
The person who decided to do the egg drop is Mrs Tyvand, she says “it helps solving problems with a group“. Mrs. Macmillan a 3rd grade teacher says “it makes creative skills and logical thinking skills to help in the future“. Thomas B, a 5th grade student says “I'm not certain yet, if I am doing it or not, but I do want to do it“. Amina, another 5th grade student says “I would make a car with a giant mouth“.