The Egg Drop Challenge

Where do leadership skills, physics and raw eggs meet?  In the Egg Drop Challenge!

In Science last week, Avasara Leadership Fellows were divided into groups of three and given just 40 minutes in which to construct a device which would allow a raw egg to survive a 3 metre drop. Sounds easy? The only materials allowed were a metre of wool, a metre of tape, a piece of newspaper, and a plastic bag!

The materials for the egg drop are limited....but sufficient, if combined in the right way!
The materials for the egg drop are limited….but sufficient, if combined in the right way!

Girls began to discuss ideas, which included parachutes, cushions and even strengthening the shell with wool. It was hard for groups to decide on the right method, and they wisely spent time talking, exploring and testing.

Pallavi and Swarnalata get started on their device
Pallavi and Swarnalata get started on their device
Arul, Sejal, Ashwini and Nikita experiment with a funnel device
Arul, Sejal, Ashwini and Nikita experiment with a funnel device

Through this simple but challenging task, girls had the chance to work in teams to tackle something that none of them were really sure about. They had to work swiftly and confidently, and were very excited to see the final results!

Cynara launches her team's egg
Cynara launches her team’s egg
The moment of truth... girls dismantle their devices hoping to find an unbroken egg inside!
The moment of truth… girls dismantle their devices hoping to find an unbroken egg inside!

Sayana and Sofista’s device worked the best….. the egg just floated down to the ground slowly, buoyed up by a parachute made of a single, unshaped piece of newspaper. A great example of teamwork, patience and perseverance!

Sayana and Sofista's deceptively simply device was the only one which allowed the egg to float down slowly and remain intact.
Sayana and Sofista’s deceptively simply device was the only one which allowed the egg to float down slowly and remain intact.

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