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It's raining eggs! AHH!

Question Posted Sunday October 5 2003, 1:48 pm

I have to do an egg drop for school using only rubber bands, straws, two 20oz soda bottles, two empty toilet paper rolls, glue, masking tape, twist ties, copy paper, and a manilla folder. We aren't allowed to use parachutes, it's only allowed to be 40cm x 40cm x 40cm, and it can't weigh more than 100 g (without the egg). My knowledge base on physics is very limited and I've been looking up websites on egg drops but none of them are very helpful. Any suggestions?

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Blackened answered Friday October 24 2003, 6:57 am:
Damn! I'm certain I'm too late for this, but I know the very best way to make this happen. Did you ever make those little paper helicopters? You get a bit of paper, cut a slit from the top to about half way down, fold the pieces in opposite directions, put a weight on the bottom and drop it. It twirls around as it falls and goes slower than a standard drop. This is what you need to do. Your rotors will obviously have to be bigger, and reinforced with something, and you will need padding around the base, or some stilts or something to absorb the shock, but it's the rotors that do it. This is the way I did it in year 10, and I won the Egg Drop.

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Belgand answered Saturday October 18 2003, 5:09 am:
Man, it's been forever since I did one of these. I seem to recall that reasonably small (1 cm) cut-up straw works very well to absorb the shock. Try to get them all lying down under the egg (think honeycomb), don't just toss them in willy-nilly. Good luck.

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Kira_Valoka answered Friday October 17 2003, 7:37 pm:
easy! physics has little to do w/ it
wrap the egg in the toilet paper rolls and paper and tape
put it in the envelope
seal the envelope
then when u drop it, hold the envelope HORIZONTALLY
(like this: ___) (not like this: | )
then it will drift down and the egg will not break (i won gift certificates for a movie this way)
O YEAH! put all sorts of good luck symbols--ours had:
-4leaf clover
-"I believe this can fly"
-"Kineshai" written in kintaran characters
-The Eye of Horus [eye in the sky]
and more
then we kissed it before dropping it each time (kiss fingers and touch it, its a lot cleaner)

o wiat--u hafta use a folder??? O well, just tape it into an envelope :|

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Girlwithamansname answered Thursday October 9 2003, 8:38 am:
Use lots of suspension and padding to soak up the impact.Try for a crumple effect on one end(hold the egg at the other) and weight it so that it falls that way first.

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Valdis answered Sunday October 5 2003, 6:23 pm:
I'm not a physics genius either but my sister had to do this before and I helped her a little. Make a little container that the egg fits snugly into. The material surrounding the egg should be softer than the material on the outside. Make it thick so it absorbs the shock as it hits the ground. And make sure that it is securly closed so the egg doesn't fly out in midair and you get splattered egg yolk. Try a few different designs at you house and see which one works best, good luck!

ps. if all else fails, hard boil your egg

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