Story By Ben Martin
A crisp autumn breeze blew through the small passageway between a tall concrete wall and rows of trees. In the passage was a large group of students, and on top of the wall was yet another group of students.
It was the eighth grade egg drop. Anxious faces looked up at the students and teacher who would decide their fate. Eggs cracked, and cries of despair echoed off the walls. Eggs survived, and shouts of triumph were heard above the chatter of students.
The goal was simple. According to Mr. Mark Weaver, science teacher, the goal was to protect an egg from falling eight meters, using only string, popsicle sticks, tape and a piece of paper.
“The egg drop was a way to look at gravitational laws, Newton’s laws and friction,” Weaver said.
Weaver explained how the egg drop was a process. Students had 40 minutes to make their contraption with the limited amount of materials. The lab wasn’t only fun, but Weaver also hoped the students would learn from it as well.
“I hoped that they would learn about gravity and how to slow it down, about Newton’s Laws and friction,” Weaver said. “I hope that they also understood success and failure.”
This lab is going to be done next year, so Weaver even had a few tips.
“Pay attention. Listen to the directions. It’s a lot of fun, but you have limited materials and time. You don’t have time to argue,” Weaver advised.
For the eighth graders, the egg drop will always be a cherished memory. As for the sixth and seventh graders, it is an event to look forward to.
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.