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Egg Drop STEM Challenge

The Egg Drop STEM Challenge is a popular STEM activity that challenges kids and teens to design a contraption to protect a raw egg from a high fall. Once the contraptions is built, an adult can drop the egg from a deck, ladder, roof, or other place at least 6 feet off the ground.

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Egg Drop STEM Challenge Materials:

Encourage your kids to get creative and find items around the house. Some ideas include toothpicks, empty boxes, straws, plastic wrap, balloons, paperclips, straws, plastic cup, string, cotton balls, cardboard tubes, paper, Popsicle sticks, baggies, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, paper, newspaper, paper towels, cardboard, tape, string, and even Acme Fresh Market grocery bags.

Egg Drop Example:

The popular Mythbusters team took on the challenge. Follow along for ideas on lateral thinking and creativity.


Egg Drop STEM Challenge Lesson
This fun STEM challenge introduces your child to physics, materials science, and fluid dynamics. Get your children thinking about the dynamics of the egg drop challenge and the materials they used.

Ask and discuss:

How does your parachute product the egg from cracking?
What materials are the most important in your egg contraption?
What materials were least effective?
What materials could have helped improve the results?
How could you improve your the design?