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Humbolt Elementary fifth-graders experiment with an egg-drop science challenge.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on March 26, 2014 1:08PM

Humbolt fifth graders Abby Lusco, Taylor Osgood and Paige Lupien drop their cushioned egg to the ground as student teacher Laci Powell, right, records the information.

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Humbolt fifth graders Abby Lusco, Taylor Osgood and Paige Lupien drop their cushioned egg to the ground as student teacher Laci Powell, right, records the information.

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“The Nerdz” team wins the fifth-grade egg drop science experiment. The students in Georgia Boethin’s class at Humbolt Elementary School were divided into groups with a challenge to design a way to drop an egg off the top of the playground slide without breaking it. From the top: Eithen Hatfield, Devon Stokes, Tanner Way, Jesse Randleas and AJ Dickens. Boethin said none of the groups’ eggs broke.

“The Nerdz” team wins the fifth-grade egg drop science experiment. The students in Georgia Boethin’s class at Humbolt Elementary School were divided into groups with a challenge to design a way to drop an egg off the top of the playground slide without breaking it. From the top: Eithen Hatfield, Devon Stokes, Tanner Way, Jesse Randleas and AJ Dickens. Boethin said none of the groups’ eggs broke.

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CANYON CITY – How tough is an eggshell?

Tough enough to survive a drop on the playground – as long as there’s enough padding and design expertise to protect it.

That was the upshot of a recent science challenge taken by fifth-graders in Georgia Boethin’s class at Humbolt Elementary School. They were tasked with creating packaging to cushion an egg – raw, of course – and see if it would remain intact when dropped to the ground from the playground equipment.

Egg drops like the one at Humbolt are used to help students gain skills in problem solving and learn about physics, engineering and scientific principles. Plus, it’s fun.



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