The egg drop STEM challenge is one of our favorite STEM activities. The idea behind it is designing a container that can hold a raw egg and keep it from breaking when dropped from a high place.
It’s simple enough that younger children can participate, but it can easily be modified and made more challenging for older kids.
I’ve been wanting to try the egg drop project at home for quite a while now. I decided to pair it with one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books, adding it to our list of Dr. Seuss activities for older students.
The egg drop is fun when done on its own or as a Horton Hatches the Egg STEM activity. And with spring just around the corner, it is the perfect time to get outside and give it a try.
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If you have enough materials you can challenge your kids to each make 2-3 different egg drop containers to see what works best. If you are doing it with a large group of children you could have them work in pairs.
Increase the difficulty:
- Allow kids to only choose 2-3 items from your box of materials.
- Try dropping the containers from increasingly higher positions to discover which containers continue to work.
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Egg Drop STEM Challenge
You will want to have scissors and tape on hand, plus a variety of building materials for kids to explore. You will also need a few raw eggs for this STEM.
Materials You Might Want to Try:
- Small Boxes
- Cardboard Tubes
- Plastic or Paper Cups
- Shredded Paper
- Bubble Wrap
- Packing Peanuts
- Cotton Balls
- Plastic Shopping Bags (can be used as parachutes or for packing)
- Drinking Straws
- Pipe Cleaners (Chenille Sticks)
- Craft Sticks
Part of the engineering process is experimenting with different designs and materials.
Let your child test their ideas out and make changes if needed. Remind them that this is how scientists and engineers learn; they make mistakes and they come up with new ideas to try.
Once the egg drop containers are built, and the eggs are safely tucked inside, it’s time to find a high spot to drop them from.
If you have a ladder handy you can carry the containers up and drop them from the top of the ladder.
You can also stand on a sturdy picnic table like we did or even drop them out of a second story window.
Once they’ve been dropped, carefully open each container to see if it was successful.
We were happy to see both our eggs survived the drop without cracking.
The kids can’t wait to try it again, and I’ve already got an idea on how we will make it more challenging.
This egg drop STEM activity makes a perfect Horton Hatches the Egg activity to go with the classic Dr. Seuss book.
We love doing Dr. Seuss book activities each year in celebration of his March birthday. Horton Hatches the Egg has always been one of my favorites. The message of being faithful and doing what you promised, even when it isn’t easy, is so important.
We had fun making nests that would protect the egg, just as Horton promised he would do.
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