Activity Introduction

Challenge your creativity and designing skills with this brief: What can you use around the home to protect an egg from a drop? Build and test your design!

Safety advice: Be careful when cutting materials and always point the scissors away from you. If you are going to use any other tools, ask permission from your parents/caregivers first. When dropping your egg from a height, always make sure you do so in a safe manner.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle to Upper Primary Ages 7 – 12

Themes: 

  • investigate
  • brain teasers 
  • think and connect 

Time required: 40 minutes 

Curriculum connections: Design and Technologies, Science, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

The focus of the activity is to challenge kids to come up with an idea, take risks and give the build a go. This can be challenging for kids, so if things aren’t working, encourage them to think about how they could improve it and keep trying! The design brief is to use recycling and junk from around the home. Set aside clean items from the recycling for them to use and help them with direction on what they can use and pull apart from around the home. When it gets to the dropping part, be aware that this could get messy! You might like to conduct the drop outside or lay down some plastic or newspaper.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Resources Required

  • Connecting materials such as tape, rope, string, elastic bands, etc. 
  • Paper and pencil 
  • Recyclables and junk materials from around the home

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Egg Drop Design Challenge - Activity Instructions

Challenge your creativity and designing skills with this brief: What can you use around the home to protect an egg from a drop? Build and test your design!

Safety advice: Be careful when cutting materials and always point the scissors away from you. If you are going to use any other tools, ask permission from your parents/caregivers first. When dropping your egg from a height, always make sure you do so in a safe manner.

This activity challenges you to design a protective vessel for an egg, using junk and recycling items from around you home. Your ideas are only limited by your imagination! Just make sure you check with your parents/caregivers first before you use anything from around the home. And don’t forget to clean up after yourself!

Step 1. As you know, eggs are delicate and will break if dropped from a height. How could you build a vessel for an egg to sit in so that when you drop it, it doesn’t break? What materials will you

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