The semester is at its peak and studying is getting intense, so the girls took a much needed-break (pun intended here) to come together on October 18, 2012 for the Science Olympiad Egg Drop. Some faculty and staff members even got into the cracking mood as the various egg-holding contraptions were dropped the approximately 30 feet from the top of Hunter Science Center.
For anyone who has not yet had the pleasure of participating in an egg drop, the rules are simple: create a contraption using a set amount and type of materials that will prevent an egg from breaking during a free-fall of varying height. The activity combines science, engineering, fun, and, in the case of Emma, chocolate prizes.
For this particular drop the contestants were given one piece of paper, several paper clips, a meter of both yarn and masking tape, one balloon, two paper cups, and ten measly cotton balls to create their engineering masterpieces. An impressive number of the participants had successful drops.
The drop was organized by Emma’s own Science Olympiad team. The Science Olympiad is a nationwide competition of science and technology events for students interested in science, math, and technology.