Egg Drop

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In this activity, learners will design a protective package for an egg that will allow the egg to withstand a fall without cracking. They will first investigate the ability of a variety of materials to protect an egg from damage. They will then work in teams to design a protective package for an egg and test the effectiveness of their packaging design.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • raw eggs
  • assorted materials to be used for protective packaging design (cardboard boxes, styrofoam, bubble wrap, newspaper, balloons, Easter grass, plastic cups, eco-foam, etc.)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Construction
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Newton's Laws
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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