Are you looking for egg drop designs for your child's school project? My 14 year old daughter tried several methods using parachutes, balloons, a roll of duct tape (aka duck tape) and each attempt led to a pile of egg goop and a disappointed young lady. The parachute slowed the descent of the egg, but the last 1/4 inch was the same sound – sort of a "crack" and a "thud" mixed together. The balloons, though colorful, popped on impact and so did the egg. The roll of duct tape was a futile attempt to coat this critter in plastic wrap and somehow hoping this would hold the egg firmly together. After the drop, the seeping egg juice made it clear that this approach was not the solution.

And so began our internet search for a solution to our egg drop project. We were fortunate to find many techniques and this project went from a "hey Dad would you help me on my homework for an hour" to a two day trial and error science project. Of all the egg drop designs we found, this one worked the best.

The Design:

Step 1 – Wrap the egg in bubble wrap.

Step 2 – Set the bubble wrapped egg into a small 3" X 3" box. (3 inches by 3 inches)

Step 3 – Line a 2nd box about 9" X 9" in size with newspaper.

Step 4 – Set the 1st box inside the 2nd box and wrap with more newspaper. (I guess the egg needs something to read mid-flight)

Step 5 – Line a 3rd box about 12" X 12" in size with newspaper.

Step 6 – You guessed it… Set the 2nd box inside the 3rd box and wrap with more newspaper.

Step 7 – Prepare for Launch!

Our Testing:

We tested ours from a 93 foot fire tower – yes, that was quite a climb up 140 stairs!

After (3) attempts, we agreed the design was successful and Daddy needed a break from climbing stairs.

Then Dad had another of his "hey honey I have an idea" moments and out came the aluminum Louisville Slugger bat he used 20 years ago in high school. Determined to show his daughter the great structural integrity of her design, he handed his bat to his daughter, lobbed the box underhand to her, and she attempted to knock it into the neighbors lawn. It made a big "thud" noise and landed 8 feet.

We opened the box and, to our amazement, the inner box was in tact with the egg unharmed!

Then came the neighbors. After re-taping the outer box, we gave each neighborhood kid a swing at this thing. After each swing, we opened the box, confirmed the egg was okay, added some duct tape to the box, and pitch it again to another kid. This became quite a popular event and taught the kids a little science in the process.

Next Step:

Try different techniques and designs. Please leave a comment with your findings. Thanks!