The Egg Drop Challenge: STEMHeads Mission One. Science Labs on a whole new level. Within each of our STEMHead missions, students are turned into "Secret Science Detectives". The only way to solve these scientific mysteries is to think like an engineer.
As the presentation begins, students are introduced to Professor Alexander Stemly, our host, who will introduce the lab in an exciting way sure to engage the most difficult of learners. After Stemly has introduced the students to the Engineering Design Process he is interrupted by an urgent secret announcement.
In the announcement, we are greeted by Albert Newton the head of our nation's Secret STEM Society. As we soon find out the worlds most precious Fabrege Egg, valued at over 30 million dollars, has been targeted for destruction by the nefarious villain known as "The Skeptic". It is at this point that we are given our Mission or the problem we will be facing as engineers.
The mission will be for the class to attempt to protect the famed "Money Egg" from a drop distance of 10 feet.
Well, that's the basics but there is so much more to this amazing lesson.
Mission One Comes with the Following Resources
-Hand Drawn and Animated Powerpoint or Keynote Presentation: The Presentation Contains the Story of the Stolen Fabrege Egg, includes all of Resources, student certificates, Id Badges, and much more.
-One Teacher Resource Folder: A typed teachers direction section 12 Pages of Material, vocabulary, student learning objectives, Directions, Packet Explaining the Importance of the Engineering Design Process and how to incorporate it into your lessons,
-Student Group Dossier: 12 Page Student Packet with Top Secret Folder Images Included. Within the packet the students will find their Materials Needed, The Mission Objective and Learning Outcomes
-Certificates of Completion
-Student ID Badges with the Engineering Design Process Listed On the Back Panel
-A Completing Section of the Story for the Students: The Capture of The Skeptic"
-Mission Vocabulary with Visual Vocabulary Forms
-Identifying the Problem Worksheet
-Exploring and Researching the Problem Sheet
-Design Sheets for Sketching
- Testing and Data Collection Pages
- Teachers Gather or Purchase List : (Materials Listed are Easy to Find and I have left space for added materials of your choice.)
-Eggs (Two Per Group of 2-3 is Perfect) Allows for modifications and rebuilds.
-Pipe Cleaners (5 Per Group)
-Scotch Tape (5 Foot of Tape Per Group)
-Copy Paper (10-15 Sheets Per Group)
-Toothpicks (20 Per Group)
-Popsicle Sticks (4 Per Group)
-Latex Gloves (2 Gloves Per Group)
-1 Ladder or a way to reach the designated height
are given their own team "Dossier" to work out the problem.
the problem is to attack it as an engineer would.
`This is a week-long science inquiry project that requires students to collaborate, innovate, and use critical thinking skills. Students absolutely LOVE THIS and it truly motivates them to work together and think outside the box. The Egg Drop Challenge is basic: can you drop an egg from 3 meters without it breaking by designing a device to hold the egg with a list of materials that are already determined. The students really get into the competitiveness of this project and come up with really incredible designs. The project takes about 5 to 7 school days, depending on how fast you go. This zip file comes with TWO ITEMS:
1. A PowerPoint that discusses inquiry and hooks the kids, explains the rules and expectations, and a timeline so that students know what is expected of them and when.
2. A 4 page student handout that requires students to show the steps of inquiry, their thought process and designs, and collection of data. There are TWO versions of this 4 page handout for you. One version is what I used with my advanced students and the other version has extra support and hints embedded, which I used with my Gen Ed students.
The last thing I love about this project is that the supplies are basic.... you will need 1 gallon ziploc bags, string, paperclips, 8x10 paper or cardstock, tape, balloons, straws and eggs. Parents donated everything I didn't already have in my classroom.
Please leave me feedback on how your students loved this! It is a sure bet in my classroom every single year!
You will literally not have to do anything but support students with guiding questions and help them brainstorm possible solutions! Enjoy!
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