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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