The assignment: Use your imagination and think outside the box.
The process: A creative lesson involving raw eggs, 36 Trego Grade School 5th graders, their principal Mr. Tavis Desorimiers, and the WaKeeney grade school gym roof.
The assignment came from 5th grade science teachers Mr. Ed Schmeidler and Mrs. Chris Herl who gave their students the task of designing something at home to cradle a raw egg as it falls to earth.
Friday afternoon, the eggs were dropped one by one off the gym roof by principal Desorimiers, and then examined to see it each egg would withstand the drop, fall and landing.
One rule: No helium balloons.
The students used various containers including, yes, a few types of boxes–shoe, plastic, cardboard and Styrofoam–along with plastic bottles, stuffed animals, basketballs, bowling pins, plastic food containers, model planes and a peanut butter jar with the egg inside and a plastic grocery bag as a parachute.
The result: “Fun and a great way to celebrate the end of the school year,” say teachers Schmeidler and Herl. The entire school population made their way outside to watch the experiment.
(Photos courtesy Stacie Minson)