1st place Egg Drop project ideas- using SCIENCE
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so my favorite class in high school was physics it opened my eyes to the fact that we can understand and predict so much of the everyday world around us using math and equations so today i wanted to revisit the classic high school physics egg drop competition where you have to build some sort of contraption around an egg to make sure it doesn’t crack when it hits the ground. Originally I wanted to do a bunch of research and testing to find the single best way to win the competition every time But what I found out with that each competition sort of has different rules in some you’re not allowed to use popcorn or parachutes and in others you win if your contraption is the smallest or the lightest or both so i’m going to show you five super easy options and then we’ll talk about why each one works let’s go crack some eggs okay so let’s start with the popcorn ball the basic principles that you put your egg in the middle of a box that contains some kind of cushioning materials such as bubble wrap or packing peanuts or popcorn personally I think this one is the most boring but it works and that’s why every shipping company ever ships this way. I’m using a ball here because it’s more weight efficient than a box, where you have unnecessary cushioning in the corners plus the stretchiness of the ball will help absorb some of the energy the moment of truth and we have an intact egg now before I show you the other four ideas let’s talk about the science behind landing with an uncracked egg so at the start of your drop your egg is up high and it’s stationary so it has potential energy which is the energy associated with height so these red blocks represent the potential energy and the higher I go the more blocks of energy I start and then as the egg falls, that potential energy is converted to kinetic energy which is the energy of speed so you start up high and every single block is over here as potential energy but as you start to fall and fall faster and faster every single block comes over here is kinetic energy or speed and now your egg is about to impact the ground and have all this energy in the form of speed that’s got to go somewhere now this broom represents the standing energy that holds an eggshell together it makes it hard so the way to think about this is when your egg hits the ground do you introduce more energy than the binding energy of the molecules holding the hard eggshell together at any point you’re going to break at that point so the question then becomes what can we do to keep our blocks below the broom because simply put below the broom your egg is safe anything above the broom and your egg is busted well there’s two things we can do the first is that we can make this pile of green blocks not as tall this is why no matter what your contraption is to protect the egg if your rules allow it you should make a parachute the bigger the better and it does not have to be fancy this is like old-school army guys style just cut up bag little bit of string little bit of tape and just looking at this you can see the difference a parachute could make so the second thing you can do is not to remove any green blocks by reducing your speed but to spread them out so if we say left to right as our time axis the more we could stretch out this impact event the more we can lower that high energy spike and this is a cool way to think about any two objects impacted the longer the duration of the impact the more you can spread out that force so stuff doesn’t break so for example this is the point of car air bags instead of your head hitting the steering wheel and stopping near instantaneously it stretches out the impact force overtime so you don’t get a quick spike that exceeds the broom line for your skull this is exactly why long jumpers prefer to land it’s sand and not on asphalt and why parkour runners will always roll after a big jump it’s all about defusing the force over a longer period of time so what does that mean for our egg contraptions it truly is something to keep in mind because it can make it more intuitive for example to see why putting your egg in the middle of a jar of peanut butter which is a popular and not a very good idea isn’t as good as putting your egg in the middle of a popcorn ball okay back to the bridge so a lot of people like to build contraptions out of straws and in some competitions that’s all you have to work with how you configure your straws depends a little bit on how stiff they are the good folks at wendys have fairly stiff straws which means I didn’t have to use quite as many so my idea was to take six like three inch long straws and build a regular triangular pyramid and then put the egg in the middle And then I took two of the Wendy straws and join them together to sort of make a mega straw and I use this wide tape to help prevent it from buckling and then I made six of those mega straws and simply taped one to each edge of the pyramid So the main point here is that there are no straws pointing directly at the egg when it impacts the ground the force goes up the stiffness path through the straw I saw a ton of examples online where the straw was actually pointed at the a we could create a puncture load in our case we have this pyramid so all the loads pass next to the egg so you don’t get that primary impact three two one So you’ll notice we’ve got a couple of broken pieces but that’s okay because it took energy to make those breaks and that sort of protect the shell of the egg and receiving that energy so success ok so our egg finally broke but it took about 20 tries and you can see there’s a lot of busted straws here all in all it was pretty resilient so this one is a throwback to my NASA roots in 2004 the emmy our Rovers landed on Mars using giant airbags and even though Mars has one-third the gravity of Earth I figured it would still work I started by cushioning the egg in four little balloons that I barely filled up and then I blew up bigger balloons and then just tied it all together with some string and tape and then if there’s any gaps in coverage you can just tape a balloon directly to the stream you just tied around in addition to the balloons extending the impact time this design benefits from a large cross-sectional area relative to his weight so in a sense it becomes its own parachute Of course if your rules allow it you should still throw an additional parachute on it anyways “Touchdown Confirmed, We’re safe on Mars” *cheering* Music I’m 2012 we landed another rover on Mars called curiosity but this one was too big to use airbags so we had to have a power to send pretty much like a jet pack so I wanted to pay tribute to curiosity I got to work on her for seven years and at first I was thinking like model rocket but without gyroscopes and control algorithms things can get pretty unsafe pretty quickly so I thought of this idea where I use balloons that could deflate and then they would provide upward thrust like before landing but… No and as ridiculous as this might seem it’s actually not a violation for most rules because you’re not touching it once you’ve released it the fact is most competitions are using rules that were written before you could go on amazon and buy a toy drone for less than 50 bucks intact egg. I save this one for last since I’ve never seen anyone do it and it’s probably my favorite in terms of its simplicity you want to buy fewer balloons than you need and then just pop them until you get to the point where you’re just under neutrally buoyant and you can see at the bottom I’ve just got this little protector of the egg you don’t have to get fancy but I use those little animal balloons that it seems to work pretty good this one weighs in at a couple ounces so it is a strong option if your competition favors lighter contraptions music so which one is the best again it sort of depends on the rules of your competition in some cases being smallest gets you the most points so I’m thinking in airwolf all the way if being like wait is the most important then go with the helium up house method and if you’re egg just needs to survive then you can pick any one of these but the most important part is to have fun and experiment and learn something and then to dominate your competition yeah you guys are good no that’s all right it’s all right and now you’re on YouTube Thanks for watching if you learn something or if you didn’t learn something or if you’re a mammal then you should subscribe 🙂 Is your blood warm you got a four-chambered heart? welcome aboard Please Like and subsribe 🙂

100 thoughts on “1st place Egg Drop project ideas- using SCIENCE

  1. Your egg idea is so good because you give me a ideas about. The egg challenge even the more i get better the more I get good grades and THANK YOU sooo much even have a good day BYE!!!😊😊😊

  2. Do you think that the up method would work with only the protective cover instead of all of it along with the floating balloons?

  3. I did this once and we had a list of materials including straws, popsicle sticks, tape etc. one of the items on said list was string or wool, written down intentionally for students to use as something to tie things together with. I had other plans. Since the winner of winners were just anyone who could drop the egg of a two story building and have it survive, I bought a ball of wool and just stuffed my egg into the holde down the middle. Boom, I won lmao

  4. I remember a kid who filled a balloon with helium and attached it to the egg… we still don't know if he won or not cause the balloon just floated up into space lol

  5. Hey bro ya know i tried to tape just some tape around it and threw as high as possible i could but it didn’t broke. Idk how it didn’t broke but it was strange. Btw we threw it in the garden of the neighbours at night, now we don’t know what happened. 😁👍

  6. Was told to made this at school two days ago with tape and straws. First I wrapped the whole egg with a lot of tape and then wrapped the straws around the egg and then wrapped it again with tape. End result: Well, finished the tape.

    Wish I saw it two days ago.

  7. Did you know if you take wire and put a canvas over it to were it would spin it would soften the impact ad the egg won't crack

  8. At my school you have to “buy” (not actually) the stuff in class. But my school doesn’t give you anything in this video😂 cuz u can’t buy anything you want, you have to use the products that the teacher has for you lol

  9. When my son was in grade school, he came up with — the styrofoam cube, with an egg in the middle, suspended by rubber bands. They dropped all the entries from the roof of the school. They were so impressed that they dropped his three times, never came close to breaking.

  10. Idea 6 fill balloons half helium a quarter water and the rest with normal air

    Sorry if no work 😆 not trying to be mean

  11. In high school I used a can of spray foam. I sprayed a baseball sized ball into the dirt then after it skinned over I pinched it closed around the egg. It was the lightest and smallest and the egg just popped right out.

  12. Made an egg drop design with just paper and popsicle sticks. Honestly because it had high wind resistance and had a component that was like a parachute, it was able to survive the 15 feet drop with ease and could probably survive like 100ft (not trying to boost my ego). Btw won the competition.

  13. My idea was using rubber bands holding a Dixie cup securing and egg suspended in a shoebox with a parachute

    My egg didn’t brake!!

  14. My class was only allowed to use school glue and toothpicks. But I think I could’ve applied one of these to those items

  15. Ya see I like physics, but my teacher didn’t rly teach so the class wasn’t that fun. We also didn’t do an egg drop

  16. All of a sudden I was just watching one of your videos and this video just popped up and my class is actually doing this

    And we saw one of your and we saw this video

  17. What if you put soda bottles around the egg and put mentos in them to slow the decent, put the bottles facing down, would that work?

  18. High concentration of salt water inside a bottle Cody from Cody’s Lab did this but in a welded sell box from a cliff and survived and most high schools do it from smaller height so theoretically it can work

  19. I have a egg drop competition in school and literally EVERYONE is using your ideas, so basically the teachers have no idea and everyone is going to get super good grades from this video

  20. When i wasa kid like 4 years on we lived in a flat i threw an egg outthe 9th floor and guess what? iT DID NOT EXPLODE I WENT DOWN TO CHEACK IT AND IT WAS FULLY INTACT!

  21. Once i made a piramid out of paper and tape with torn up and crumpled paper on the inside. When i put in the egg and taped it shut i tied a bigger disc shaped piece of paper for a parashute and dropped it. It glided so magestically and hit the ground the softest of anyone in my class.

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