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Egg Drop Project

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Using principles of physics, design and construct a container for a raw egg that can be dropped from the second story balcony of St. Joseph’s Academy and strike the ground without breaking the egg. The finished container must meet the following criteria: No professional packing materials (such as bubble wrap or Styrofoam peanuts) may be used. The egg must be raw and either Large or X-Large.

If a parachute is attached to the container, it must be made from scratch using everyday materials. (Parachutes that were previously attached to a toy, for example, are not allowed.) The container must land within a hula hoop placed on the ground directly below the point of release. The egg must not break upon landing.

Write an essay, 1-2 pages in length, describing how you incorporated principles of physics into the design of your egg container. You must identify at least three different physics principles (or ideas) that influenced, and were reflected in, the design of your container. You must also explain— very clearly and specifically—how the application of each of these principles helped prevent breakage of the egg or its dropping straight down into the designated landing zone.



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