Team Collaboration for Egg Drop in Third Grade Science

Third graders have been working in teams to design a structure that would protect a raw egg from breaking when dropped first from 7 feet, then from 11 feet.
Each third grader had to come up with a design and cite materials he would use for building. Then, the team of two or three boys combined aspects from each individual's design for the final project, discussing why certain concepts worked and why others didn't. Putting it all together required compromise and often rethinking of the overall assignment.
 
When asked what they found interesting about this project, Brij and Alex said, "We liked the combination of getting to build as well as thinking and talking about what might or might not work."
 
Many teams found ways to cushion their egg, whether in a casing made of cotton balls, paper towels, or shredded paper. Other teams carefully considered how to slow down the speed of the egg as it falls, adding balloons or paper towels as parachutes. Securing the egg to minimize movement was also factored into most designs.
 
James K. said, "We decided to use feathers and bubble wrap to soften the fall for our egg."
 
Gavin explained how he and his partner Darrow combined their ideas incorporating a box and parachute from one design and padding on the bottom and inside of the box from the other.
 
Jennifer Vermont-Davis, Lower School Science Teacher said, "The boys were fascinated to see that just because balloons protected the egg in one design they didn’t save it in all cases. Now to rebuild and test again…this time at 11 feet. I'm looking forward to seeing what changes they make, if any."
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