We Need Another Great Egg Drop Challengee

Wow, what a successful eggdrop challenge. 12 entrants, 3 successful gadgets. Some designs that tried to slow the rate of descent, some designs that concentrated more on cushioning, and some that were a combination of both ideas. We will make a video about the event this week and post it soon. Tune in.

We have had quite a long hiatus from the blogging scene and it’s nice to be back. Room 20 needs another technological design challenge. We had such fun two years ago when we had the first Great Egg Drop (look back in this blog and on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8IWhcv8zEg and see what happened). So let’s have the Great Egg Drop II.

The conditions of entry are the same. Entrants have to design and build their egg dropping devices at home.

The challenge is to design a way of safely dropping an egg from the top of the school playground without it breaking.

  • You can only use items from your recycling bin at home.

  • Your invention can not be more than 30cm big.

  • The great egg drop will be on Friday 4 March.

Successful egg dropping designs will then be tested from a greater height…out of Room 25’s window.

You need to consider cushioning your egg or slowing it’s rate of descent (fall). Good luck with your design.

Team Problem Solving

The task was to get their team across the acid lake without anyone falling in. Each team had three chairs and two hoops to stand on.

A Musical Challenge

Title of challenge: Recycling Music Challenge

A group of friends are stranded because their money has been stolen. They decide to earn it by busking using discarded packaging items to make instruments.

Get into teams of four. You need to make at least four musical instruments and play a designated tune (e.g. Twinkle, twinkle little star.)

There are no set materials, but you must not use real instruments. Each team member must play
one instrument, and the tune may be played for at least 30 seconds.

Teams will be judged by the standard of music, the variety of instruments and audience reaction.

Entries will be videoed and put on this blogsite. Others may judge your performance differently.

Thanks to the BP challenge for this idea. See BP Challenge for their website.

The Great Paper Water Carrier

Here’s another challenge for you to attempt. Can you design and make a container to carry water from one place to another using only 2 pieces of newspaper? Fold 2 pieces of newspaper into a water carrying device. You cannot use any other materials. Will your container look like a bucket? A bag? A cone?

We will have a water carrying competition at school on Friday 12 June. We will see who can carry the most water from 1 container to another container 10m away. You can keep carrying water until your container disintegrates. The winner will be the person with the most water in their bucket.

You must enter by enrolling on the comments.

Competitors are… Tiri, Geleta, Shaquille, Ethan, Joy, Lucy, Lesieli, Geleta and Joanna.