Three weeks ago Mr. Shawn Hatfield, a science teacher at SHJS, gave his science enrichment students an exciting assignment. The students had to come up with unique ways to cushion an egg while it fell from the top of the school's roof. This thrilling experiment came in three parts. While participating in this project, Mr. Hatfield's students learned about force and movement, and how to problem solve. In the first experiment, the students used a container eight inches or less and anything that wasn’t a liquid or a substance like peanut butter substance to keep the egg from cracking. The second experiment was the same except that the students had to make a container five inches or less. The final experiment the students could only use two pieces of paper and three feet of duct tape.
“Not many eggs survived on the third test, but the ones that did were ones that had a paper parachute and floated to the grass,” said Tanner Black, an eight grader at SHJS. The egg has to land on a platter outside on the cement. If the eggs missed the platter then it would fall on the hard cement and probably break.
“I think if the students were to do it over again they would all be able to keep the egg from cracking” said Mr. Hatfield. Students in the science enrichment class had a great time, dropping stuff off roof tops, and at the same time of fun they learned something new.