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Zach VanKirk's upper school Physics students and the fourth graders collaborated on an "eggciting" science project recently. In recent weeks, Upper (11th and 12th grade) and Lower School (4th grade) students were tasked with an eggstremely difficult problem. They needed to build a contraption which could protect two eggs from cracking when released freely from a height of approximately 20 feet. By building prototypes, testing, making observations, and analyzing data together, the two groups of students were able to help each other gain a detailed understanding of fundamental physics processes in action. These concepts include air resistance, gravity, force, momentum, energy, work, and acceleration.
An eggxhaustive list of rules and constraints made the Episcopal egg drop especially challenging and rewarding. Each contraption needed to hold two eggs, be under 1 kilogram in mass, and survive three consecutive drops without cracking an egg. Teams were composed of two high school students and two fourth grade students.
By teaching the fourth graders basic concepts they learned in class, Mr. VanKirk’s Upper School students gained a deeper understanding of real world physics. Ms. Won and the fourth grade really stepped up to the challenge, designing effective and beautiful parachutes which provided some eggxtra security for one of each group’s drops.
On Egg Drop Day, students provided logistical support, collected data from cameras and sensors, and cheered each other on. Each surviving egg was carefully examined, scrambled, and eaten to ensure quality control. Students report that although this project wasn’t “over-easy,” a fun and valuable eggsperience was had by all.
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